Linda Sánchez Statement on Republican Government Shutdown

January 20, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair, made the following statement tonight as Congressional Republicans and President Trump have shut down the federal government:

“A government shutdown is an ignominious, but somehow not unexpected, way to begin the second year of President Trump’s term. Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell and President Trump faced a simple choice tonight: work with Democrats on a funding bill to keep the government open or give in to the demands of the extreme right-wing of their party and take the nation into a shutdown. The Republican leaders have chosen to take the United States over the cliff. The impact of this decision will reach every corner of our country.

“While Republicans have lurched from crisis to crisis, Democrats refuse to join them in deferring action on the serious challenges our nation faces. Their inability to make the tough choices necessary to lead and govern is the sole reason why we are in this situation. It is my hope that they will wake up to the fact that this is a problem of their own making. The only way to move forward is to work with Democrats to reach an agreeable compromise. The sooner Republicans recognize that the better for our country.”