Rep. Kaptur Statement on Temporary Reopening of Federal Government

January 28, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest-serving woman in U.S. House history and Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement following President Trump and Republicans’ decision to temporarily reopen the federal government after 35 days of the Trump Shutdown:


“For 35 days, President Trump used the suffering of 800,000 hardworking government employees and 1.2 million contractors as a bargaining chip to force the American people to pay for an ineffective border wall,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Today’s action is identical in form and function to what was suggested to the President back on December 21st, 2018. At a cost of tens of millions of dollars a day, the unnecessary, tragic, and dangerous Trump Shutdown accomplished nothing except to inflict great misery and pain upon Americans across the country, including in northern Ohio.


“I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to pass a long term funding agreement that will keep the government open and honor our promise to treat our public servants with the dignity and respect they deserve.”