Ruppersberger Sworn In, Votes For Bills to Reopen Government
(Washington, D.C.) – Hours after being sworn into his ninth term representing Maryland’s Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger tonight voted in support of legislation to end the government shutdown – now heading into its third week – and to provide 30 days to negotiate border security funding levels. He issued the following statement:
“Today, I was pleased to make it my first order of business in the new Congress to vote in favor of two bills to reopen the government, ensuring our dedicated federal workers get the paychecks they’ve earned and restoring essential services to all Americans. The effects of such senseless government shutdowns are particularly severe in Maryland, which is home to more than 60 federal agencies and 146,700 federal workers.
The bills passed the House thanks to support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who reject President Trump’s efforts to hold the nation hostage to his vanity project – the border wall boondoggle he said Mexico would finance. We all support border security, but it must be done strategically. The only things a wall stops are migrant families seeking a better life. ag, we should invest in manpower, technology and more federal judges to reduce immigration court backlogs.
These bills reopen the government and give Congress 30 days to negotiate border security funding levels. Unfortunately, Senate leaders have indicated they will not consider these critical bills, despite the fact that the Senate passed identical legislation by more than 90 votes and, or, in Committee unanimously. It seems Senate Republicans refuse to take ‘yes’ for an answer. Responsibility for the ongoing shutdown rests squarely on their shoulders."