Wittman Supports Government Reopen; Must Still Secure Border

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Provided by Congressman Rob Wittman’s Office

Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) released this statement on the deal to reopen the government for three weeks:

“It’s long past time for our nation’s federal employees to get relief from Congressional dysfunction. They are hardworking patriots who serve our nation on a daily basis and the work they do is absolutely critical. I’m glad President Trump has taken action to guarantee pay for federal employees and present Congress with yet another opportunity to address our broken immigration system and border security needs.

“I hope that during the next few weeks, we will see a true bipartisan effort to negotiate in good faith that ends in a realistic solution to address the crisis at our southern border. We must secure our border, and it is my hope that Democrats will finally come to the table to protect Americans. We have a real opportunity to make bipartisan, lasting change, and I hope that we can work together in the next three weeks to reach an agreement and avoid another government shutdown. Our immigration system is broken and there are steps we must take to deter illegal immigration – ending chain migration, implementing e-verify, and eliminating the visa-lottery system are reforms we should consider. Current rules incentivize illegal behavior and don’t prioritize the needs of America’s economy.

“This entire scenario was avoidable. This three week agreement means we are again going to work under the threat of yet another shutdown. Congress needs to get serious about reforming the way we budget and appropriate. My suggestion—the Stay on Schedule Resolution and the No Budget, No Pay Act. These bills would hold Congress accountable and ensure shutdown showdowns like this do not happen in the future. Members of Congress should not be paid if the work is not done and federal employees should not suffer the consequences for Congressional inaction. Never again should federal employees be held hostage and I want to thank them for their continued dedication to our nation.”

Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.

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