Austin, TX– Today, as the government shutdown looms, Republicans can’t get their act together and do the one job they have to do – run the government.
“No state faces higher stakes in the government shutdown showdown than Texas, where both DACA and border security could have a huge impact on the state’s political future.” [McClatchy, January 19, 2018]
Republicans like Senators Cornyn and Cruz insist on playing the blame game even when their party controls all of government. For the record, there has never been a shutdown when one party controls all of government.
“Though Republicans sought to put the onus on Democrats to keep the lights on in Washington, the fate of the funding bill is in doubt in part because of various objections from a handful of GOP senators, cutting into the Republicans’ 51-49 majority.” [Houston Chronicle, January 19, 2018]
However, there is support from Senate Democrats for a bipartisan bill to keep the government open if Republicans stop trying to further their anti-immigrant agenda. “Nearly nine in 10 Americans favor allowing young immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children to remain in the U.S.” Additionally, most Americans also do not want a border wall that Republicans have insisted on. [CBS News, January 18, 2018]
Senate Majority Leader McConnell won’t allow the Senate to vote on this bipartisan agreement. Why? President Trump.
“I’m looking for something President Trump supports, and he’s not yet indicated what measure he’s willing to sign…” [NBC News, January 18, 2018]
Senator Cornyn, it is clear who is to blame. Ted Cruz shut down the government in 2013 and now Donald Trump is going to shut it down.
How would Texas be affected?
- This shutdown would cost Texas jobs “15 major active-duty and reserve installations, a federal golden egg that pumps an estimated $150 billion a year into the economy.[San Antonio-Express News, January 17, 2018]
- “If there’s no fix, some 800,000 young undocumented immigrants across the U.S., including 125,000 in Texas, would lose their protection from deportation.” [Texas Public Radio, January 17, 2018]
- “…the LBJ Presidential Library on the UT campus closing in addition to the two other presidential libraries in Texas.”
- “UT students who received federal funds for things like financial aid saw delays.”
- “All national parks like Big Bend and the LBJ National Historic Park were closed to the public.”
- “It impacted those looking to use a federal loan to purchase a home or start a new business because of delays in getting them the money.”
- “…about 140,000 Texas federal employees were furloughed.”