A Vote To ‘Immediately Reopen The Government’

Senate Democrats Say ‘All We Want To Do Is Reopen The Government,’ So Will They Vote To Do That This Week Or Continue ‘To Refuse Even To Talk’?


THE WASHINGTON POST EDITORS: “But to refuse even to talk until the government reopens does no favors to sidelined federal workers and contractors.” (Editorial, “Make A Deal. Save The Dreamers.,” The Washington Post, 1/19/2019)


Senate Bill Would ‘Immediately Reopen The Government’

“Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, plans to bring up legislation … that would wrap Mr. Trump’s proposal into a broader package that would include billions of dollars in disaster relief and immediately reopen the government …” (“Republicans Push Trump Immigration Plan, Seeking to Corner Democrats on Shutdown,” The New York Times, 1/20/2019)

“The Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), will take up a proposal announced by Trump on Saturday to trade temporary protections for young undocumented immigrants and others for $5.7 billion the president is seeking for his border wall. The legislation, released late Monday, would reopen the government through Sept. 30 while funding a variety of other immigration security measures and spending $12.7 billion on hurricane and wildfire disaster relief.” (The Washington Post, 1/21/2019)

“The Senate plans a vote … on a package that would fund the shuttered parts of the federal government to Oct. 1 and provide $12 billion in disaster aid while enacting President Donald Trump’s compromise immigration offer.” (“Senate Bill Funds Government Until Oct. 1, Offers Disaster Aid,” Bloomberg News, 1/20/2019)

“The bill … would reopen the nine shuttered federal departments and dozens of agencies through Oct. 1 and will include the full $5.7 billion Trump requested for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It would also provide a three-year extension of protections for young immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and an extension of Temporary Protected Status for refugees currently covered.” (“Senate GOP Adds Disaster Aid, Spending Stopgap To Trump’s Immigration Offer,” Politico, 1/20/2019)


Senate Dems: ‘All We Want To Do Is Reopen The Government,’ ‘Let’s Open This Government,’ ‘Open The Government Immediately,’ ‘All It Would Take Is A Vote’

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “All we want to do is reopen the government…. [L]et's reopen the government.” (Sen. Schumer, Congressional Record, S. 288, 1/17/2019)

SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “We should reopen this government and we ought to do it this afternoon …” (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S. 260, 1/16/2019)

SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-WA): “We have called on Republican leaders to stand with us, stand with their constituents, and schedule a vote to end the shutdown. All it would take is a vote.” (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S. 261, 1/16/2019)

SEN. DOUG JONES (D-AL): “Let’s do this: Let’s take that for what it is – as good faith on everyone’s part, and let’s open this government up tomorrow.” (Yellowhammer News, 1/20/2019)

SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): “I’m hopeful the President's statement tonight will allow us to immediately reopen gov[ernment].” (Sen. Manchin, @Sen_JoeManchin, Twitter, 1/19/2019)

SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD): “Open the government immediately …” (Sen. Van Hollen, @ChrisVanHollen, Twitter, 1/19/2019)

SEN. MARK WARNER (D-VA): “Today would be a good day to reopen the government.” (Sen. Warner, @MarkWarner, 1/20/2019)

SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA): “[I]n the last 2 days, I have stood on this floor and asked that the American Government reopen.” (Sen. Kaine, Congressional Record, S. 307, 1/19/2019)

SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-CT): “Let us reopen the government. Let us meet our obligation.” (Sen. Blumenthal, Congressional Record, S. 251, 1/16/2019)

SEN. RON WYDEN (D-OR): “The shutdown must end, and it must end now.” (Sen. Wyden, Congressional Record, S. 264, 1/16/2019)

SEN. TOM UDALL (D-NM): “I rise today to call on this body to take action and immediately end the shutdown …” (Sen. Udall, Congressional Record, S. 289, 1/17/2019)



Related Issues: Senate Democrats, Appropriations, Homeland Security, Immigration