North Carolina Democratic Delegation Urges Senate Republicans to Pass Bipartisan Spending Bills, Reopen the Government, and Stand Up for Federal Workers

Jan 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), David E. Price (NC-04), and Alma Adams (NC-12), the Democratic members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation, today issued the following statement calling on Senate Republicans and President Trump to immediately act to end the government shutdown:

“More than 7,000 North Carolinians who serve as federal employees are currently furloughed or working without pay because of President Trump’s petulant demands to build a border wall and Senate Republicans’ kowtowing to the President’s wishes over the needs of their constituents.  These workers, many of them veterans, include essential national security and law-enforcement personnel, critical air traffic controllers and TSA agents, and hard-working employees responsible for ensuring tax returns are processed in an accurate and timely fashion, among other key services. 

“As the shutdown drags on into its third week, critical Hurricane Florence disaster relief funds cannot be disbursed to the state, federally-supported research at our local universities is now stalled, lines at major airports across the country are increasing every day, and housing for seniors, veterans, and the disabled is at risk.

“The Democratic House has done its part – we have supported and passed numerous bipartisan funding bills to reopen government, a number of which earlier passed the Senate overwhelmingly, before President Trump reversed course.  It is time for our colleagues in the Senate to act.  We call on Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans to stand up to President Trump and immediately hold a vote on the House-passed legislation to re-open government, which is virtually identical to legislation that was supported by 92 Senators just a few months ago.  It is time our government gets back to work for the American people.”