Washington state leaders react to end of partial govt. shutdown

Washington state’s leaders watched President Trump’s speech Friday and are putting different spins on his announced three-week repreive from the partial government shutdown.

Gov. Jay Inslee (D)

“This reckless shutdown should have never happened. It was irresponsible, damaging to our economy and needlessly harmful to working families in every corner of our country.

“We all know the shutdown was never about border security. There is simply no excuse for shutting down the government, inflicting pain on 800,000 public servants and threatening basic services for millions of Americans to fulfill a broken campaign promise.

“Reopening the government temporarily is an important first step, but we cannot allow this to happen again in three weeks. Coast Guard personnel, TSA agents, food inspectors, air traffic controllers and other federal workers need long-term security to do their jobs and keep the public safe. Shutdowns are not a negotiating tactic — period. Federal workers and their families should never be held hostage to the president’s whims.”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5th Congressional District)

“No one benefits from a shutdown, and by reopening the government we are providing relief to federal workers who have been furloughed or working without pay,” said Cathy. “With that being said, this is only a three-week extension, and both parties need to come together around a compromise to secure our border and provide certainty for DACA recipients. I’m disappointed Democrats continue to obstruct that compromise by refusing to negotiate. This is a priority of the American people and a fundamental responsibility of the federal government.”

NOTE: This week, Cathy voted to pay federal workers even as the shutdown continued. Only 13 Democrats voted in favor of that effort.

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-4th Congressional District)

Democrats have finally agreed to come together with Republicans to negotiate on a Homeland Security package that will include funding for a physical barrier on the southern border. Speaker Pelosi previously said she was willing to give only one dollar to President Trump’s border security proposal, and since January 9th, she has refused to meet with the President on the path forward. I am glad all sides have agreed to negotiations. Reopening the government to allow for hard-working federal employees to be paid while these negotiations happen is the right thing to do. President Trump has remained strong on his goal to secure our border and increase safety for Americans. I think these negotiations are a great opportunity to discuss broader immigration reforms, like solutions to improve agriculture labor, give certainty to DACA recipients, and other priorities for the people of Central Washington. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to find a solution that funds the government and fixes border security.”

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