Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, released the following statement regarding the deal to temporarily end the partial government shutdown:
“Like millions of other Americans I am pleased that the President is backing away from the shutdown that was his doing. Every day I have called for an immediate reopening of the government in order to give Congress a chance to craft a bipartisan solution for border security. Unfortunately it took President Trump 35 days to listen while hard working Americans suffered and millions were put at risk.
“Congress will soon have the opportunity to vote on a short term spending bill that will reopen the government until February 15th in order to provide time to reach a lasting solution. This bill will contain NO money for the President’s senseless wall. The legislation we expect to consider will include backpay for all impacted federal employees.
“This is long overdue. After the government is reopened, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to pass a bill that provides effective and humane solutions to protect our Southern border. I also will continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform and protections for TPS recipients, Dreamers and their parents.”