Republicans Again Refuse to Debate Reopening the Government

Dec 27, 2018

Ranking Member James P. McGovern

House Committee on Rules

Representing Massachusetts' 2nd District


Thursday, December 27, 2018


Jeff Gohringer (202) 225-2888


Republicans Again Refuse to Debate Reopening the Government

Reject motion by Ranking Member McGovern to consider bill to end the Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC — The Republican Majority today once again refused to allow a debate on reopening the government as the Trump Shutdown continues. On the House Floor this afternoon, the Majority refused to consent to Rules Committee Ranking Member James P. McGovern’s (D-MA) attempt to bring up H.R. 7397, a bill to end the shutdown and fund the government through February 8th. McGovern also tried to bring up this bill on Saturday but was blocked by Republicans from doing so.    

“It is outrageous that Republicans once again blocked our attempt to debate a bill to end the Trump Shutdown and reopen the government. Federal workers should not be held hostage by the president’s demand for a useless and offensive border wall that he promised Mexico would pay for. Republicans hold the House, the Senate, and the White House until January 3rd. They closed this government down and they have an obligation to open it back up. If they continue refusing to do so, the Democratic Majority will move to responsibly end the Trump Shutdown on Day One of the new Congress.”