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Ruppersberger Supports Bills to Reopen Government

Jan 16, 2019
Press Release
House has voted seven times to end shutdown, bills languish in Senate

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger voted for a seventh time on legislation that would end the partial government shutdown and provide relief for the 800,000 Americans who are either furloughed or working without pay. Legislation considered in the House of Representatives yesterday would have funded the government until February 1, providing President Trump and Congressional leaders time to reach a compromise on border security funding without holding unrelated federal agencies hostage.

“With this senseless shutdown entering its fourth week – the longest in our country’s history – Americans across the country are feeling the pain from the loss of incomes or services,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “It’s not just federal workers – Americans everywhere are suffering the consequences, from long lines at the airport to delayed home loans. There’s uncertainty over food stamps and concerns over food safety. It’s time to end this nonsense.”

Since the 116th Congress was sworn in, Congressman Ruppersberger has voted to open the government and fund key agencies seven times: 

  1. January 15: H.J. Res. 27 to fund the government through February 1, 2019.
  2. January 11: H.R. 266 to fund the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies.
  3. January 10: H.R. 267 to fund the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other key agencies.
  4. January 10:  H.R. 265 to fund the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
  5. January 9: H.R. 264 to fund the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. 
  6. January 3: H.J. Res 1 to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8, 2019, and continue negotiations on border security funding.
  7. January 3: H.R. 21 to fund programs covered by the Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Government; Interior; State and Foreign Operations; and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bills.