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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Reacts to President Trump’s Announcement to Accept Deal to Temporarily End Partial Government Shutdown, Continue Border Security Negotiations Separately

January 25, 2019
Press Release

Washington – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, released the following statement on President Trump and Republicans’ decision to accept a deal to temporarily reopen the federal government following 35 days of a partial government shutdown:

“The agreement to re-open the government will provide relief for federal employees and Coast Guard families who have been put through needless pain and worry over the past 35 days,” Congressman Courtney said. “This agreement, however, is essentially the same one that passed the Senate on December 20th and should have been accepted by the White House to avoid this senseless and damaging shutdown in the first place. This shows clearly why shutdowns should never be used to extract policy demands and why our federal employees, Coast Guard and their families should never be used as leverage. Today’s announcement is welcome news but is by no means cause for celebration – it’s only a three-week relief for federal employees and their families. However, after 35 days of government shutdown, missed paychecks, and uncertainty for thousands of servicemembers and federal employees in eastern Connecticut, it’s a welcome start. We should pass it without delay, immediately.”

Since the 116th Congress was sworn in, Congressman Courtney has supported eleven different measures to end the partial government shutdown, open the government, and fund key agencies:

  1. Jan. 24 – Congressman Courtney voted to pass legislation that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 28
     
  2. Jan. 23 – Congressman Courtney voted to pass legislation that would fund all agencies outside of Homeland Security through September 30, including $1.6 billion in funds to alleviate stresses at the border such as funding for additional immigration judges and updates to ports of entry
     
  3. Jan. 17 – Congressman Courtney supported legislation which would reopen all federal agencies through February 28 
    *The House reconsidered this measure on January 23 due to a procedural inquiry that occurred after initial passage of the legislation
     
  4. Jan. 16 – Congressman Courtney voted to pass legislation to provide aide to communities recovering from hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters, and to re-open the federal government
     
  5. Jan. 15 – Congressman Courtney voted to end the shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 1
     
  6. Jan. 11 – Congressman Courtney helped pass legislation to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior
     
  7. Jan. 10 – Congressman Courtney helped pass legislation to fund the Departments of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other key agencies
     
  8. Jan. 10 – Congressman Courtney helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration
     
  9. Jan. 9 – Congressman Courtney helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service
     
  10. Jan. 3 – Congressman Courtney helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 – giving the president and Congressional leadership time to negotiate a compromise on border security while reopening our government
      
  11. Jan. 3 – Congressman Courtney helped pass a package of six appropriations bills that have all previously either passed the Senate with unanimous or overwhelming bipartisan support
     

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