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Rep. Chu Statement on House Vote for Wall Funding and a Government Shutdown

December 21, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday night, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed a funding bill to keep the government open until February 8, 2019 that also included $5.7 billion  in new appropriations for President Trump’s border wall, something Senate leaders have said does not stand a chance of passing through their chamber. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

“Last night, Republicans voted to bring us closer to a government shutdown. That means thousands of Americans may not receive their hard-earned paychecks right before Christmas because this president refuses to stop campaigning and start governing. Republicans cannot even be honest with the American people about why they’re shutting down the government. This is not about border security – the claim that ten terrorists a day approach our border is fiction. And it’s not about the opioid epidemic – the vast majority of drugs come through our country’s legal ports of entry. This is 100% about stoking the fires of xenophobia that fuel this presidency. And we will not play along. Trump said this is a shutdown he would be proud to own. Now that he sees how unpopular it is, he is attempting to shift the blame. There is one way for him to get out of this crisis of his own making, and that is to drop the ridiculous demand for an ineffective and expensive border wall which will have no impact on our security or drug trade, but will instead stand as a government-built monument to bigotry.”