Demos: Trump and Congressional Republicans To Blame for Government Shutdown

Release Date: 
January 19, 2018

New York, NY – In mere hours, the United States government could be forced to shut down, all because President Trump and Congressional Republicans refuse to come to the negotiating table regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In response, Heather McGhee, President of Demos Action, issued the following statement:

“The consequences of a government shutdown, for any reason, fall squarely on the shoulders of President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress.

“Republicans control every branch of government, yet they have completely failed to serve the interests of the majority of the American public, from ripping health care away from millions, to passing a tax scam that enriches the wealthiest at the cost of hurting working families, to now refusing to refusing to maintain protections for DACA recipients. It is clear that Democrats must now be the voice of the American electorate in the halls of Congress today.

“The government needs to be open to do its job, which is to serve the American people. A bipartisan deal is mandatory—and achievable—to keep the government open. Trump and his Republican allies in Congress must not stand in the way of a deal.”