Congressman Chris Pappas's statement on the deal to re-open the government

January 25, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today President Trump finally agreed to a deal to re-open the government. The President urged the Senate to take up this legislation immediately. Chris has voted 10 times to re-open the government since taking office in early January.

Congressman Chris Pappas issued the following statement:

"This agreement is long-overdue and an enormous relief to the 800,000 federal employees who have gone 35 days without pay. The past five weeks have paralyzed critical government functions and cut services. The shutdown was a pointless exercise that didn’t change a thing. I’m looking forward to getting to work on matters critical to the people of New Hampshire with the government fully open for business.

The President showed why shutting down the government is never a responsible strategy. Our democratic process is the way we must work out our differences. I'm eager to be a part of good faith discussions about investing in effective, evidence-based border security proposals. But we should be clear that any future threat of a shutdown has no place in the dialogue of how to keep this country safe or pass comprehensive immigration reform. No President or leader in Congress should ever use federal workers and critical services as political leverage.

Today’s development is not a victory for any politician in Washington, it’s a victory for the American people. I am grateful for our dedicated federal workers who only want to do their jobs, serve their country, and provide for their families. We owe these workers—and all the American people—a new way of doing business in Washington that puts political brinksmanship and shutdown politics behind us.”