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Republicans Shut Down Government Putting Millions of Families at Risk
Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate failed to approve a Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal Government temporarily, causing an immediate government shutdown. This is the 3rd attempt by Congress to postpone a decision on whether or not to approve a final spending bill for 2018 that includes protections for 800,000 young immigrants previously covered by the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program, also known as DACA, terminated in September by the Trump administration.
The following is a statement from Ai-jen Poo, co-founder of We Belong Together and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance:
“Let’s be clear that this shutdown was caused by an administration and Republican majority in Congress that either cannot or refuses to govern, even when our children and youth are at stake. They chose to shutdown the government and hurt thousands of public employees and their families, just to avoid passing the Dream Act - a measure supported by 86% of Americans - as part of the spending bill. These are the same people who blatantly ignored the will of the American public by passing a harmful tax bill that the majority of us opposed.
Whether we count on a federal paycheck, use CHIP funding to keep our children healthy or live in limbo as the deadline on our DACA approaches — each and every one of us deserves a functioning government, not one bogged down by racism and toxic partisanship. It’s time for Congress to pass a clean Dream Act, fund CHIP, and get our government running again. As we join marches with millions of women and men around the country this weekend, our unity and power behind these demands will only continue to grow.”