Casten Statement on Deal to End Government Shutdown

January 25, 2019
Press Release

Wheaton, IL. – Today U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s deal to end the government shutdown.

Casten said, “The President today agreed to sign the exact same bipartisan bill that the Senate passed on December 22nd but that he rejected in favor of shutting down the government over a campaign promise he knew he could never keep.  Here we are, 35 days later, our national security strained, our economy hampered, and countless Americans left worse off, all over the President’s political ploy.

Hundreds of thousands of hardworking, loyal American public servants have been denied paychecks, forced to turn to foodbanks, and rely on the charity of friends and family by a President who disrespects and demeans them.  Since I took office just three weeks ago, I have voted 11 times with the House Majority to re-open the government and return those workers to their jobs. 

While I am relieved these employees will be back at work receiving their paychecks, the Nation needs long-term funding bills and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to achieve that goal.”