Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García’s Statement on President Trump’s Address
Washington, DC - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) released this statement in response to the President’s televised address tonight:
“Tonight’s message from President Trump is an act of desperation, consistent with his way of operating since he started his campaign -- by turning immigrants, particularly those from Mexico, into scapegoats. President Trump forced the shutdown, and House and Senate Republicans are complicit. I voted to open government on the day I was sworn in. Senate Republicans and the President should take Speaker Pelosi’s lead and open the government immediately.
President Trump’s wall is an obsolete answer to a 21st Century challenge. It’s immoral, ineffective and a waste of tax payers resources. What we need is a solution for families who are living without a paycheck because of the Trump Shutdown.
The effects of the prolonged shutdown are being felt across the country and will only worsen if the shutdown continues. Small business owners are facing delays in securing loans from the Small Business Administration, TSA agents continue to work without pay, recipients of food stamps could soon see severe reductions in benefits and services, and the IRS may be unable to process tax refunds on-time.
On Day One of the 116th Congress, the House Democratic Majority passed a complete funding package with bipartisan support to re-open the government. President Trump has the power to sign legislation to re-open the government and stop hurting our country as soon as the Senate passes this package.”