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Yarmuth Statement on the Trump Shutdown

Jan 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement on the Trump shutdown:

“It is distressing and embarrassing that President Trump and Congressional Republicans have spent a full year in total control of the federal government but have demonstrated a total inability to govern. There is bipartisan support for legislation that would end this shutdown, but Republican leadership is too afraid of an extreme faction in their own party to pursue this compromise. This GOP dysfunction has prevented Congress from enacting a full year budget deal, disaster relief, resources to address the opioid epidemic, full funding for children’s health insurance and community health centers, protections for DREAMers, and other top priorities for American families. As President Trump himself said during the 2013 shutdown: ‘Problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top.’  President Trump, Leader McConnell, and Speaker Ryan, the American people need you to govern. Quit ignoring them.”