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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

ICYMI: Courtney Addresses House Colleagues, Urges End to ‘Shutdown Politics’

January 28, 2019
Press Release

Washington – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) addressed his Congressional colleagues from the floor of the House of Representatives following 35 days of a partial government shutdown. In his remarks, Courtney noted the importance of the work that

was being missed amid the shutdown, and outlined some of the real-life stories of economic and human impact brought on by the longest government shutdown in United States history. 

Courtney also urged his colleagues to take action to pass legislation that will help families in eastern Connecticut, as well as the United States economy as a whole, to recover from the severe economic losses experienced over the past 35 days, and to end “shutdown politics” once and for all. 

“Last Thursday, hours before the settlement finally was reached and the announcement was made from the White House, I held a telephone town hall meeting,” said Congressman Courtney. “We had 8,000 listeners from all across the district – a very vigorous debate. There was definitely disagreement about whether there should be a wall on the southern border or no wall, but what there was universal agreement on was that shutdowns are wrong; that shutdowns should never be used as a tool, or as leverage to force a policy. 


“Let’s vote on measures that are going to restore and heal this country from the damage that was done over the last 35 days, and take shutdowns off the table. It’s time for ‘shutdown politics’ to come to an end.” 

A full video of the Congressman’s remarks can be viewed here.