Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García Sworn into Office

January 3, 2019
Press Release
Votes to Reopen Government, No New Wall Funding

Washington, DC- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives by the House Speaker on January 3rd, 2019.  On his first day in office he made good on his commitment to go to Washington, D.C. to represent the best interests of his constituents by voting for a solution to reopen the government immediately and end the Trump shutdown.

Congressman García said, “I came to Congress to work for the people’s priorities, to help rebuild Congress and reopen the government.  The legislative package we voted for today is a responsible way to fund our federal government, which is one of our duties as Members of Congress.  Every day of the Trump shutdown has brought hardship and anxiety to nearly 420,000 Federal workers who don’t know when their next paycheck will come.  They still have bills to pay and families to feed, yet Republicans and President Trump chose to hold these workers hostage over a wasteful and unnecessary border wall. In addition, nine out of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies have closed. Small businesses, farmers, homeowners, low-income children, and rural communities are among the people who are being affected as well. What our country needs is to build more roads, and other infrastructure projects to improve neighborhoods and transportation systems. We must build bridges not walls.”

The legislative package, H.R. 21 and H.J. Res. 1 include six appropriations bills, stop gap funding for the Department of Homeland Security with no new wall funding, and measures reflective of Democratic priorities including:

  1. Ending the Trump Shutdown and Reopen the Federal Government. The legislation fully funds most of the federal government through September 30, and extends the Homeland Security funding through February 8.
  2. Rejects the Trump Budget. The legislation rejects President Trump’s reckless budget cuts that slashed numerous important services for the American people. The legislation also restores funding for numerous federal agencies that President Trump targeted for elimination.
  3. No New Wall Funding. The legislation continues funding for Homeland Security at fiscal year 2018 levels, rejecting President Trump’s demand for $5 billion for his wasteful and unnecessary wall.
  4. Remove Poison Pill Riders. The legislation is based on bipartisan Senate bills and is free from the poison pill riders attacking environmental protection, consumer protection, and women’s health care that made it impossible for Democrats to support House Republican bills.
  5. Has already Earned Bipartisan Senate Support. The legislation includes six appropriations bills that garnered strong bipartisan support in the Senate.  The CR for Homeland Security uses the same February 8 date that passed the Senate unanimously.