Kuster Statement on Deal to Reopen the Government
(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the deal to reopen the government for three weeks. Congresswoman Kuster has been vocal about the need to reopen the government and has voted more than ten times to end the shutdown. She spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives sharing the stories of Granite Staters impacted by the shutdown and has repeatedly called for Republicans and Democrats to reopen the government. Kuster has worked with the New Hampshire delegation to push to protect government workers in New Hampshire who have faced hardship because of the shutdown.
“Reopening the government is the responsible decision, and I’m glad President Trump has finally opened his eyes to the need to end this manufactured crisis,” said Kuster. “This unnecessary shutdown has put public safety at risk and upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of government employees and their families. Democrats and many Republicans have said for more than a month that this ill-advised game of chicken over a border wall is irresponsible and does not advance the interests of the American people. Once the government is reopened, there should be a thoughtful discussion including hearings and expert testimony about how we can achieve 21st Century border security and effective immigration reform that will strengthen our nation. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle toward reforms that will increase security, provide protections for young DREAMERS and TPS recipients, and improve the process for asylum seekers fleeing violence.”