The government partially shut down on December 22 and is now the longest shutdown in history. This shutdown has led to:
- 450,000 federal employees working without pay.
- 380,000 federal workers furloughed.
- Possible delays during the upcoming tax season.
- Imminent evictions in at least 1,150 HUD-assisted apartment buildings.
- Delays to federal mortgage loans.
- National parks and museums filled with trash.
When the new Democratically-controlled House was sworn in last week, they immediately worked to reopen the government. They passed two bills: a “minibus” bill that funds most of the government through the end of the fiscal year (September 30) and a clean short-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security through February 8, which would allow Congress time to work toward a solution to the shutdown. In fact, they passed the exact same bills that the Senate passed unanimously just a few weeks earlier.
But Mitch McConnell has refused to allow a vote on either.
This week, the House will work again to pass bills that would fund parts of the government. And again they’ll send those bills over to the Senate, where it’s very unlikely McConnell will bring them to the floor.
And don’t forget — this is all happening because Trump is throwing a temper tantrum over the wall/metal slats/fence not getting his racist agenda through. The wall is wildly unpopular with everyone except his base, so he’s trying to force it into this bill to deliver a racist campaign promise.
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Mitch McConnell would rather pretend that the shutdown chaos, purely of his and Trump’s making, doesn’t exist or was created by Democrats (spoiler alert: it wasn’t). He’s stood on the sidelines throughout this process refusing to be a part of negotiations between Democratic leadership and Trump.
And, later today, McConnell even plans to bring unrelated legislation up for votes in the Senate. But the Senate shouldn’t vote on a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g until they’ve fulfilled its obligation to fund the government and passed legislation to end the shutdown.
This is not business as usual. Your senators need to hear from you — Republicans and Democrats — that they must vote NO on any motions to proceed on legislation that doesn’t fund the government.
- Read our updated resource to get caught up on the latest in the #TrumpShutdown. As things change, we’ll keep updating it.
- If you’ve got a Democratic Senator, thank them for standing strong against Trump’s continued tantrum over the wall funding. We’ve got a call script here ready for you to call! When you’re done calling, let us know how it went by filling out the ‘report the call’ section on the form and hitting submit.
- And if you’ve got a Republican Senator, tell them to tell McConnell enough is enough — that he should put the House-passed legislation to a vote in the Senate. Here’s a script to help you make your call.
Pick up your phone and make the call today to tell your members of Congress to end the #TrumpShutdown!