Duncan Condemns the Schumer Shutdown

January 20, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement after Senate Democrats voted no on legislation to fund the government, which ultimately caused the bill to fail:

“I am deeply disturbed that Senate Democrats have put the entire country in jeopardy with party politics, hurting brave men and women in uniform and low-income children who depend on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Minority Leader Chuck Schumer directed his party to disregard their duties as Members of Congress to fund the government, and instead initiate a filibuster around an artificial deadline regarding an unconstitutional program, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“Instead of realistically focusing on government shutdown deadlines, Democrats created nationwide hysteria convincing millions of people that DACA was ending today, instead of its real deadline in March. This is extremely reckless. I believe conversations surrounding border security and DACA must happen, but we have weeks to continue those negotiations. Abdicating your duty to fund the government in order to make a political statement is nothing short of insane. I am hopeful Democrats will realize their wrongdoing and end their filibuster over funding the government as soon as possible.”