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Congressman Cleaver Released the Following Statement Regarding President Trump’s Announcement to End the Government Shutdown

Jan 25, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement today to end the partial government shutdown.

“I am pleased that President Trump has agreed to reopen the government so that federal workers can get back to work and receive the paychecks and backpay they have rightfully earned. Over the past 35 days, I have advocated for this very move: reopen the government and allow Congress to conduct negotiations on border security through the regular process. But let’s be clear, this continuing resolution is for just three weeks. Although the President stated he was willing to shut the government down yet again if Congress does not bend to his will, I hope he has learned that it makes no sense to shut down the government. We have seen the emotional damage the shutdown has caused, not just for the 800,000 federal workers, but the more than 1,000,000 contract workers and their families as well. We’ve heard security experts relay the significant impact shutdowns have on national security. We’ve heard from economic experts convey the harmful effects this shutdown will have on the American economy. Governing by shutdown, as we’ve learned time and time again, isn’t only irresponsible, it’s untenable. We expect the continuing resolution to clear the House and be signed by the President today. After this bill is signed, I look forward to working with both sides to fund a bill for Homeland Security to ensure reasonable border security.”

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.