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proud of the fact that we are growing at 3% at an annual rate for the two-year period since trump has been in office. my friends on the democratic side and grat pals of mine said you can't do it. but we are doing it. . i would love a state of the union message. i would love to talk about our regulatory reforms and energy reforms. >> we'll leave this briefing at the -- as the u.s. house is returning. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i'd like to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. frankel: thank you, madam speaker. this week i met with south floridians to talk about the impact of the cruel trump shutdown. so many sad stories. i learned about a t.s.a. agent who just came back from
maternity leave, who had to send her baby to her mother in massachusetts because she didn't have the money for daycare or pampers. there are traffic controllers who told me their stress level is so high now it's a danger to all of us. and i heard from the service providers of victims of domestic violence who are worried that their shelters are about to close. democrats, we support smart border security. not an ineffective, wasteful wall. but, listen, we can debate that at another time. right now we have to open our government so that we can get back to the business for the people. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker.
i rise today to urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to come to the table and urge speaker pelosi to come to the table to negotiate an end to this shutdown. this week democrats called us back to washington to solve this problem. but they voted against paying federal workers three times over the past week while republicans have been standing up for those who have now missed paychecks. it's been 15 days since the speaker has sat down to negotiate with the president. mr. davis: last week i went to the white house for what was supposed to be a bipartisan meeting to discuss ending this shutdown. and unfortunately none of my democratic colleagues showed up. before democrats even heard president trump's proposal, offering a solution for daca recipients and t.p.s. individuals in return for border security, they rejected it. speaker pelosi gave the longest speech ever in this chamber on protecting daca recipients, but now she's refusing to provide certainty for them. we have an opportunity to get real border security, and
protect daca recipients. it's time to set politics aside and for the speaker of the house to go to the table, end this shutdown and negotiate a deal with the president. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from arizona seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. kirkpatrick: madam speaker, i was in my district over the weekend. we had a couple of marches, we had a woman's march. we had a march for the m.l.k. day. and man approached me and he said, representative kirkpatrick, i work for the national park service. i'm furloughed. i have no income. i've missed two paychecks. d he said, my 9-year-old son gave me his christmas gift card to help our family get by. and he had tears in his eyes. and i'm tearing right now just telling that story.
because this shutdown is effecting families, children, the instability that these children are feeling, we don't talk about that enough. it's going to effect them for the rest of their live. we have got to open the government and we've got to do it now. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom virginia seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i rise to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for -- the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i received an email friday night from a young lawyer i know in northern virginia. i met him last year when he had just hung out his shingle for a solo practice. he was desperate. his one big client is a federal government contract who are told him he would not be paid for december or for january because of the government shutdown. he wrote me because he had just received an eviction notice from his landlord. come up with the rent for
january by wednesday noon, or face immediate eviction. i connected him with our local government office on emergency assistance. mr. beyer: he got meaningful help. he reached out to a few nonprofits. he was only $800 short yesterday and the landlord agreed to wait another month. yes, the shutdown has left 800 -- has left 800,000 employees without a paycheck, but it's also harming citizens far and wide, cruelly and unnecessarily, victims of the inevitable multiplier effects of a federal government failing its fiscal responsibility. this should be the last ever federal shutdown. we must never again give a president the power to hold the most powerful and best government hostage to his whims, obsessions and political whims. mr. speaker, let our people go. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom maryland seek recognition?
mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. . hoyer: to all my colleagues, i apologize. i may speak just a little longer than one minute. not much. madam speaker, i was sitting in my office just a few minutes michael presentative waltz, who i don't know from the state of florida, rose and said he was here in an empty capitol. scores of my fellow democrats are here because they are outraged that we have shut down the people's government. , d they are here, mr. waltz to urge the president of the united states and mitch mcconnell to open up the people's government. that's why they're here.
they haven't gone home, congressman waltz. we're here. . don't see anybody over here madam speaker, i rise to join with my colleagues in highlighting the absurdity of the trump-mcconnell shutdown. and share some of the ways, just some few ways it's affecting americans in my district. now, ladies and gentlemen, you can go to this website and get scores more stories than i will be able to tell on this floor in this short time i will speak. maryland's fifth district, which i have the great honor of having represented for the last 38 years, has 62,000 federal employees.
tens of thousands of whom are not getting paid. and some who are being forced, no, who are voluntarily working because they love this country and they love their jobs. and they're working. without pay. any t any way to treat employee, much less an employee working for their government? e woman from prince georgias county, maryland, wrote me to tell me her husband is furloughed. she isn't working because they have an infant and he, the only source of their income. another constituent wrote to tell me that he serves in the coast guard. he said, and i quote, as i was putting my 9-year-old son to bed last night, he asked me,
dad, how come they're making you work without pay? he went on to say, i gave him an answer about having taken an oath and that it's my duty to serve. but he was still confused. i share that young child's concern and confusion. why would we do this? what would lead us to show such disrespect for those who carry out our policy? all americans should be confused about why our hardworking public servants would be forced to work without and r be told to go home wait while a paycheck doesn't come. it's not just federal employees and contractors who are affected. by the way, contractors, we're going to repay the federal employees, as we should.
but the contractors, the small business people, those small shop owners in my district that have thousands of their customers who aren't being paid, and therefore are not customers. one woman from st. mary's county, the county in which i live, said this. we were scheduled to close on our home on january 11. and received a phone call three days before that we would not be going to closing because our loan was on hold due to the government shutdown. a time that is supposed to be the happiest and here we sit, with our house in boxes and living week to week with the landlord. we don't know if we will lose our home. i would tell president trump to listen to these stories. listen to the humanity that must be in you.
be sympathetic, be everyone thetic, be caring about these -- everyone thetic, be caring caring empathetic, be about these people who you are pledged to protect. i would ask the president and senator mcconnell to hear the voices of men and women their shutdown policies is hurting. you're going to hear many more stories, mr. president, and senator mcconnell. democrats have voted now 11 times to end this shutdown. and republicans and the president have blocked these measures again and again. and let me say to those who might be listening, we passed republican bills to open up this government. not our bills. not partisan bills. republican senate-passed bills. which would have opened up the government. madam speaker, because we care so deeply about our
constituents who either work for or are served by our government, we will continue to do everything possible to reopen government and share the stories of those being held hostage by the president and senator mcconnell. and i thank my colleagues for being on this floor to bring their stories of their constituents, of the president's constituents, to his attention, as well as senator mcconnell. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. tonko: thank you, madam speaker. i rise to call on president trump and the senate to reopen the federal government immediately. a legion of federal workers went to work again this morning with no idea how or when they will be able to pay their bills
or support their families. workers like tracy from my hometown of amsterdam, new york, tracy has worked for the usda for more than three decades. helping upstate new york farmers with nowhere else to turn find the funds they need to stay afloat for another season. she says, when you start to lose farms, equipment dealers go out of business, everybody suffers, the charities, the churches, if you can't pay your bills, you can't go to the local pancake breakfast on sunday to help a not-for-profit. this weekend bitter cold hit new york's capital region. tracy tells me she hasn't gone down to the basement because she's afraid to see the level of heating oil left in her tank. and just as tough as the mental toll this shutdown is -- is the mental toll this shutdown is taking. until recently tracy was furloughed. now she's working, working without pay. she worries about the farmers, who rely on usda loans to get seed and fertilizer for the
coming season. when asked what she would say if she was standing here in this spot today, she said, and quote, we need to take care of one another. it doesn't matter what party you are. we need to help and uplift each other. madam speaker, i urge the united states senate to heed tracy's call. move forward with any one of the many bills that we have passed here in the house to reopen this government, restore paychecks to our dedicated federal workers, and the critical services they provide to our neighbors who need it. who need it most. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. chu: today i went to the jose andre food bank in washington, d.c., for federal workers. i was stunned to see hundreds
waiting in line in the rain. inside they were giving a hot meal to everybody, as well as fresh vegetables, diapers and feminine products. and they were assisting those who are in danger of missing utility payments. as i serve the workers, i asked them what their jobs were. they worked for the f.b.i., the department of justice, and the d.c. superior court. and how many of these workers were served by this food bank yesterday? 11,000. they are like the federal workers 11,000. they are federal workers in my district, like one who can't afford epidurals, or one with had to put off car maintenance to pay his son's college tuition. this could end now but instead of ending their pain, trump ignores it. this morning, commerce secretary wilbur ross said he couldn't understand why furloughed workers had to go to food banks.
i say end this shutdown today. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek reck -- seek recognition? without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> this shutdown is causing fear, pain, and stress for thousands in central florida. this may be confusing to the president and senator mcconnell, but to brandon and his wife who both have federal jobs in my district, and zero income coming n now, it's all too clear. t's all too clear to raf, an army veteran who is struggling needs for three children including a special needs child. mr. mrs. demings: it's all all too clear to doug who keeps equipment working at the airport but is now struggling to pay his expenses and take care of his mother.
it's all too clear to jeff a coast guard employee, now a civilian employee, working to raise money to help current coast guard servicemen but not receiving a paycheck. families like these, and there are hundreds of thousands of them, real people with real pain. the president and senator mcconnell need to do the right thing and put an end to this destructive shutdown now. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today because what our country is going through is a disgrace. 800,000 federal workers are going without a paycheck. they are suffering and their families are suffering, all because the president wants a
wall that is nothing more than a monument to hate. the american people are tired of this president's games. mr. takano: last night i called some constituents who contacted my office because they are furloughed due to the trump shutdown. i talked to a forest service worker from my district who missed a paycheck and doesn't want to be used as a bargaining chip by the president. i talked to another constituent who works at the national archives and is experiencing the consequences of this shutdown and she knows that the longer this drags on, the more people will get hurt. last night, i received a heart wrenching message from a constituent who was experiencing hardship and needs to apply for assistance programs but she can't because she can't even access the information she needs from the office of personnel management. this has to end. we have voted not once, not fwice, but 11 times to reopen
the government. and leader mcconnell and the senate republicans have blocked these bills in the senate every step of the way. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. mr. ka tau yow: do your job, not the president's -- mr. takano: do your job, not the president's bidding. the american people demand to work. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. members are remined to heed the dwavel. frurn does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. >> madam speaker, i rise to speak on behalf of megan and rick and their children from the pennsylvania sixth. rick answered the call after 9/11 to join the air national guard. he was deployed to iraq in 2007 and afghanistan in 2008. and then hired as an air traffic controller on a veterans preference. currently, the family's only
income is rick. in day 34, megan is now selling tie tell -- items online to try to get income for their family because they have no idea how long the shutdown will last. she has called her daughter's tremendous pre-school to see if they can withdraw her and get a refund for the remainder they have year. she has an appointment with snap to look into benefits for the family. rick loves his job and has pride in what he does. he family's last ditch plan is o pull from their 401k's and incur severe penalties and keep a roof over their heads. i am a third generation veteran and border protection is an imperative and real issue but shutdown is not the answer. i rise for the people like megan and rick because shut do you think the government is failed policy. i yield. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from -- i'm sorry the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition?
>> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized if one minute. >> i rise today to ask my republican colleagues to continue the vote against reopening the government. how do they respond to their constituents who are suffering during this inhumane shutdown? for example, my office was contacted by the wife of a federal corrections officer from south carolina's third district. her husband works at the federal prison in edgefield and she just had surgery and is unable to work. she is unable to afford vitamins her doctor prescribed because they're not covered by insurance. without these vitamins she may develop deficiencies that could cause death. to further add to their financial difficulties, her husband, as a correctional officer, was required to sign a document that he would not get
another job. they're sacrificing to build the good credit score they have but this shutdown is impacting and their families finances will be affected well into the future. again, i ask my colleagues across the aisle, how do you respond to your constituents who are suffering? they need leadership from the president, leader mcconnell, and house republicans to end the shutdown now. enough is enough. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> across my district, the seventh district of pennsylvania and across our country, this shutdown is hurting small businesses. one of my constituents is an
entrepreneur from strasburg, pennsylvania, and he recently emailed me to let me know he can't get his mandatory employer i.d. number for the new business he is trying to start because the i.r.s. is shut down. until he gets that number, he can't set up payroll for his employees or open a company bank account. another constituent from pennsylvania processes small business admferings backed loans to entrepreneurs trying to start or expand businesses. but as he explained, since the s.b.a. has been shut down, no small business owns have been going out. for many -- small business loans have been going out. for many that means no access to capital at reasonable interest rates and strog turn to loan sharks to keep businesses afloat. and let us never forget that our coast guard is still working without pay. we were sent here to make people's lives better, not to make them harder and more
stressful than they already are. ms. wild: members of both parties need to come together to support small businesses and our military to power our economy and that means ending this shutdown. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. ms. jackson lee: madam speaker, let them eat cake. marine antoinette. secretary of commerce has indicated that my $28,000 paid t.s.o. agent can walk into the nation's bank and demand a loan. well, right now in my district, the city and other good neighbors are opening the doors to give free groceries to those t.s.o.'s and other wonderful federal workers. i don't know what bank they can they can
go into, i can tell you that edith who just returned from deployment in the middle east, is suffering. she has work -- her husband -- she hasn't worked for 25 days. to make matters worse, she has to take temporary work in order to help pay for her children. she is now selling personal possessions to make a difference. sandra, who recently came to houston to work at nasa. she came to start on january 7 from nebraska. she hasn't been able to work she doesn't have a job and she doesn't have any money. or what about linda. who has been working, now has to work extra shifts to help pay for her children, she too is selling her items. rent, groceries, everything that is needed, let them eat cake, that is what is being said by this administration. open the government, pay our workers now. mr. republican, join us in the 11 times we have voted to open the government now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition?
without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> over the past 34 days, we have heard that this shutdown is about security. well, i'm a former undercover c.i.a. officer so let's talk about security. there is nothing secure about f.b.i. agents working without pay. there is nothing secure about this them closing down investigations and losing their informants, their counterterrorism informants. there is nothing secure about t.s.a. employees who keep us safe in the air space working without pay. there is nothing secure about our customs and border patrol agents working along the very border we are discussing, working without pay. there is nothing secure about our air traffic controllers working 10 hours a day to keep our air -- our airplanes safe in the air. and there is nothing secure about our diplomats working in war zones and around the world to keep this country safe working without pay. there's nothing secure about the 42,000 dedicated members of the
u.s. coast guard working without pay as they defend our showers. ms. spanberger: the public servants who work every single day to protect the lyes of their . llow american citizens this is a disgrace, we must end it now so americans can sleep safely at night. federal workers can receive the paychecks they've earned. and our country's military, economic, and diplomatic safety can be preserved before it's too late. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom nevada seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i stand here today to share the story of laurie wall a las vegas resident, a mother of three, and a federal employee denied a paycheck because of this
government shutdown. like many of nevada's federal employees, laurie is still reporting to work every single day. doing her job on behalf of the american people. mr. horsford: but because she's not getting paid, laurie has to also add trips to the local food bank to pick up needed food and diapers for her family. 3,520 of this shutdown, nevada-based federal employees are being denied a paycheck. 30,000 southern 1/2ians are at risk of homelessness because of reduced housing assistance. and 34,000 people in my district could lose their nutritional assistance. the house has already voted 11 times to reopen the government. it's long past time that the senate do the same and stop holding 1/2ians like laurie wall hostage. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom colorado seek recognition?
without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, here we are, fifth week of this shutdown. i want to talk about two stories. one is tyler. he is a resident of golden, colorado, known his family a long time. he told -- he's got two small children. he said, two weeks ago, i received a certificate from the united states of america thanking me for working for the air traffic controllers for 10 years. same day, i got a check for $0. then i want to talk about a young woman who works for the e.p.a. two children with disabilities. she's a patriot. she has a chemistry degree. she would work in a million different places. mr. perlmutter: she wanned to work for us, for the united states of america, to serve the
public, to give back to the united states. but now she's got a question with two young kids with disabilities whether she can do this anymore. she expected us to be reliable as employers. and we're not. we're better than this, mr. president. open up the government. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom michigan seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. . mr. kildee: thank you, madam speaker. every day i hear from constituents about how this manufactured crisis is hurting themselves and hurting their families. mitch mcconnell and president trump's refusal to reopen government has consequences. consequences for real people. a marine veteran from bay city, michigan, won't receive his monthly housing allowance this week that he needs to to pay
his rent and make his car payment. his words to me were this, and i quote. i never thought the president would be putting us veterans that he saves he loves so much in harm's way, just to get ney for his hair-brained immigration solution. that's from a united states veteran who served this country and is now being treated by the president of the united states as a pawn in a political game to get something that he's not willing to submit to the he -- to the legislative process. shame on this president. shame on him. open this government. do it now. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania eek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute.
>> i rise today to commend the good people of the fifth district of pennsylvania who are helping their neighbors, the federal workers, contractors and families, who have been so grievously impacted by the government shutdown. as the human and financial toll of this senseless shutdown has spread, we've seen locals step up and help those who are struggling without pay. what a contrast with this administration, where cabinet member -- a cab met -- cabinet member said today he didn't understand why an unpaid worker would have to resort to a food bank to feed his family. ms. scanlon: unlike this administration and the senate majority leader, our neighbors have recognized the true impact of the shutdown and are doing something about it. we've seen youth groups and fire departments and local organizations organize food drives, nonprofits are collecting donations and organizing food pantries so federal workers can feed their families. i urge the president and the senate majority leader to put
people before politics. people are not bargaining chims. the shutdown needs to -- chips. the shutdown needs to end now. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, the time has come for the president to end this shutdown and put our federal workers above political biggering. hundreds of thousands of federal workers, many of them veterans, continue to show up to work every day without pay. t.s.a. employees, f.b.i. employees, air traffic controllers, coast guards men and women, as well as many others continue to make the security and safety of our nation a top priority. one such person that i spoke to is lupe. she is a veteran who currently works for the f.b.i. on counterterrorism issues. her husband also works for the f.b.i. and neither one of them
is getting paid. during this shutdown, lupe has been going to food banks to keep food costs down, paying the bills has become a struggle, and she's trying to do this all without dipping into their family savings, but it's getting harder and harder each day. mr. president, your shutdown is causing hardship to families like lpe's all across this nation -- lupe's all across this nation. 34 days is long enough. let's do what is right and pay our federal ploles. especially those who put that -- employees. oyees. especially those who put their lives on the line for our country. they deserve to be compensated for the work they do and the security they provide. let's bring sanity back to government and i call on the president to end this useless shutdown. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new mexico seek recognition? mr. lujan: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lujan: madam speaker, the pain from this trump shuthdown
is being felt deeply in every -- shutdown is being felt deeply in every corner of my district and across america. we are farmers and ranchers that are unable to plan for their production. tribal communities are facing disruptions in their health care services. people are not getting urgent questions answered by the i.r.s. and some families are worried that there's going to be leans put on their homes. a local health clinic in my federal loan heir halted, even though the project's been approved, which means they can't draw down on funds. this means they will have to pause their efforts to expand access to mental health care and could jeopardize the project. all this while 800,000 families, individuals across america, are not being paid. over 150,000 veterans that are furloughed. some of them working without being paid.
a chef feeding thousands people that are lining up just down -- of people that are lining up just down the street between here and the white house. mr. president, come outside, go see what chef is doing. these families are hurting. end this shutdown. it can end today. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask than consent to address the house and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i was elected to fight for the people of my district. to challenge the way things are done here in washington. and make sure our government starts working for the people. but it can't work for the people when it's not working at all. it's not working for christie, a hardworking air traffic controller, veteran and single mother of two who is terrified that when she doesn't get her paycheck tomorrow, she won't be able to feed her kids she works a good job. she shouldn't be able a-- kids. she works a good job. she shouldn't be afraid of meeting her kids' basic needs.
now she's looking for a job at night as a bar tender. it's not working for eric at the federal aviation agency. as a part of the air traffic control system, my focus has always been and will always be on safety. ms. hill: that's true for so many of the law enforcement officials, avegyaleation specialists and firefighters who are affected by this shutdown. they're focusing on our safety and in return they're not receiving pay for their work. every day that safety becomes more and more compromised. it's not working for diane, who works for the angeles national forest and lives paycheck to paycheck as almost 80% of this country does. she's gearing up for the economic turmoil of not getting a second paycheck tomorrow. it's not working for john, who protects us as a federal prison guard from terrorists, who is now driving uber and -- after his shift to pay the bills. so i ask my colleagues, mr. president, and our fellow senators, to open the white house right now. to open the government right now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts eek recognition?
without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, this morning commerce secretary wilber ross, the marie antoinette of the trump administration, said, and i quote, he doesn't understand why federal workers need to go to food banks. oh, my god. he might as well have said, let them eat cake. this president and his cabinet are so he out of touch it is pathetic. here are just a few emails i've gotten this week. a law enforcement officer in my district says, we struggle, but pinch pennies so our child can attend a good school. my mortgage company put us in no-pay status. the shutdown is putting us at risk of losing our home. a customs and border patrol employee says we have bills to pay like nursery school and daycare. what's going to happen to us? i'm sick over. this fish and wildlife service worker writes, i'm proud to serve the american public, but right now i can't even serve my family dinner. madam speaker, president trump's publicity stunt is hurting america's hardworking public servants.
it is cruel. shame on him. and shame on leader mcconnell for refusing to end this shutdown. he, along with the president, need to grow up. they need to do their job and they need to reopen this government now. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? mrs. mcbath: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. mrs. mcbath: at its most basic level, the government should keep us safe. on the 34th day of the longest government shutdown in our nation's history, hundreds of thousands of federal workers tasked with keeping us safe are working without pay. as the men and women of t.s.a., air traffic control, the f.b.i. and the united states coast
guard, and many other government agencies continue to perform their duties, many live with uncertainty and fear of not knowing how they're going to pay their mortgage or feed their families. in less than two weeks, millions will flood into atlanta, georgia, where i represent, and they'll be flooding in for the super bowl. and having been a flight attendant for 30 years, i am very afraid. i'm deeply concerned for the atlanta airport's t.s.a. agents and air traffic controllers and for the federal agencies tasked with ensuring the public safety during this event. president trump said he'd shut down the government for a wall that he claims will make us safer. but in fact his shutdown has made us less safe. i will continue, along with my democratic colleagues, to continue to support bipartisan funding packages to reopen the government. i yield back my time.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i want to share the story of doris, a constituent from pal meto bay, florida. doris works as an investigative program officer for the department of homeland security. for over 27 years, she's devoted her life to the safety and the security of our community. today marks the 34th day of this irresponsible shutdown. it also marks the 34th day that doris will be going to work without getting a paycheck. she's received notice that her department will miss a second pay period, something that her supervisor has told her will effect her retirement status. ms. shalala: this nightmare has affected her financially, mentally and emotionally. she's terrified about having to default on her mortgage and not having enough money to cover her car payments or put food on
the table. later today doris is planning to stand in line at a nearby parking lot to receive a head of lettuce and some tomatos from a local food bank. is this what the administration thought of when they initiated this shutdown? is this what the greatest country in the world has succumbed to? it angers me to know that doris is being used as a pawn to fulfill a campaign promise. mr. president, we've done our job, you do yours. open the government. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, -- without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, across this country and in my hometown of sacramento, president trump is inflicting unnecessary harm to our federal workers, our economy and the health and safety of the american people. ms. matsui: i've heard from my constituents across my district that this shutdown is disrupting their lives. many federal workers are frustrated. you know, they just want to return to work. yet now they can't work or
they're working without pay. they can't pay their bills. and the consequences of this shutdown affects us all. i've heard -- heard from a u.s. coast guard veteran who answered the call to serve his country for over 20 years and retired with honors. now because of this shutdown his pension isn't being processed. he's worried about his bills. and heartbroken that this country he served for so many years is not honoring its promise to take care of him in return. another person who is a t.s.a. agent working without pay at sacramento's airport says it's hard to concentrate at work. when she's thinking about the bills stacking up. she's able to pay for january's rent with savings, but if this shutdown continues through february, she'll not have enough money for rent. leaving her to choose between being evicted or moving out on her own and becoming homeless. our federal workers deserve an employer that honors his propositions and provides for its work force. it's time for president trump and leader mcconnell to fully fund the government and put an
end to the pain and suffering of the american people. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from nevada seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. lee: thank you, mr. speaker. on behalf of the people of nevada's third district, i rise again to say it's time to end this shutdown. my office is currently working with a couple, both of them federal workers, one of them a veteran, who are furloughed and now being evicted because of this unnecessary shutdown. nevada's snap and housing authority are preparing to draw on their reserves, to make up for the lack of federal funding. over 400,000 nevadans will face devastating consequences if these programs run out of money. our governor just asked our higher education board to step in and protect nevada's college students from penalties. and the speaker of our legislature just introduced a
bill to protect federal workers from debt collectors and landlords. get the picture? we're now stressing our state and local governments because our president and our senate cannot step up and do their job. this shutdown has gone on far too long. my colleagues and i just voted for the 11th time to reopen the government. i ask the senate and the president to do their duty and open it up now. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. rs. lowey: >> mr. speaker -- mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, federal workers should not have to struggle to pay their bills. they should not be in a position of having to apply for
unemployment while continuing to work without pay which is exactly what one of my constituents from westchester county, new york, has been forced to do others in my district, nonprofit employees, working reduced hours because of the shutdown, have been forced to rely on food donations to feed their families. it is inexcusable that republicans have rejected 11 opportunities to end the trump shutdown. pay workers. reopen government. i urge them to come to their senses, reopen government without further delay. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for onemen. >> a week ago we had a round table in my district, and we invited including madam speaker today to come and listen to the workers. tomorrow, we'll work for the
commodity futures trading commission said she's trying to figure out how to tell her son he's not going to be able to have his birthday party. she's a young widow, sippingle mother. veronica said that she has to take care of her parents and has to pay for their medicines and co-pays and it's really hard. laurie said that workers at the i.r.s. are trying to figure out how to pay for gas to get to work, child care, and the taxpayer assistance office is closed even though we have a new tax bill. kevin said the morale at the bureau of prisons is really tough he lives 15 miles from work and is just about out of gas money. crystal said that we're public servants, we are not public slaves. and florence, who helps people get food stamp, is applying for them herself and waited three
hours at a food pantry. we need to get rid of the shutdown and pay our workers now. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognize for one minute. mrs. lee: i rise to echo the in and suffering by my constituents during this reckless shutdown. someone a constituent who is a proud african-american t.s.a. agent out of the oakland airport who has been working without pay for more than a month. he must pay to get to work, though, buy his own lunch and gas, but has no paycheck coming in. he can't borrow from his family because eight of his relatives also work for the federal government. his story resonates with so many african-americans who work for the federal government. by now this shutdown, the black community has been deeply
affected like everyone else. while african-americans are -- account for 12% of the population, 18% of the work force is african-american. this is of course due to discrimination against african-americans in the private sector. the federal government has provided good-paying jobs and a path into the middle class my fwraufer worked for the postal service, he was a letter carrier my mother worked for social security. another constituent has been furloughed from the food and drug administration. he told me that he and his husband both rely on their incomes to afford rent on their one-bedroom apartment. i urge president trump and senator mcconnell to stop playing games with people's lives. let's reopen the government and get workers the paychecks they deserve. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, 34 days into the trump shutdown, new jersey families are hurting. 5 tharbgs federal work verse
lost their paycheck, millions more are being harmed by the closure of critical services. in my district in edison, many e.p.a. employees will being prevented from ding their job. these dedicated public servants help clean up contaminated sites, keep our drinking water safe. mr. pallone: meanwhile the noaa lab at sandy hook are unable to conduct research on climate change. one said, mr. president, please reopen the government do, your job so we can do our job, and i couldn't agree more. members of the coast guard in my district are going without pay. these are men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe in superstorm sandy and they deserve a paycheck. our i. -- an i.r.s. workers from my district said, this is the first time in my life i have never had to go to a food bank for food. not knowing where food is coming from is scary and she went on to say she fears being evicted from her apartment. this is an i.r.s. worker testimony -- worker.
house democrats have voted 11 times on bipartisan legislation. it's time to open the government, mr. president. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from -- the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today for the people suffering the consequence of this shut dunn. i rise today for our great country and for the belief in our great government. i rise for our neighbors, our friends, and for all our taxpayers. the impact of this unprecedented shutdown, the longest in our history, has had real and deeply concerning impacts on our families, particularly in michigan. tls also posing serious threats to our national security and afety. ms. stevens: tim has been working diligently through the shutdown, he's doing the best he can with the material he is has to ensure our airplanes are safe
but he is unable to access the parters in planes that are damaged. the longer this shutdown drags on, the more dire these types of operations become. for the well being of our public servants and the safety of our country, the government must open today. i rise today for from this body as the voice inl employering the less 600 among us who have been elected to this federal government to open this government thousand. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from delaware seek recognition? ms. blunt rochester sprk to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. blunt rochester: madam speaker, on this, the 34th day of the longest shutdown in government history, i sat down with a grup of air traffic controlers in my office today. they told me about how an already stressful job has been made even worse by this shutdown. that many of them are working six days a week, 10 hours a day, with no pay.
they know their work requires no mistakes because it's life and death. but to make matters even worse, 30% of them are already stretched thin and currently are eligible to retire and many are consider regular tirmente earlier so they can at least get a paycheck. in the words of ranika, one of the air traffic controllers, this shutdown is the perfect form for a national emergency. madam speaker, the collateral damage of this shutdown is difficult to fathom but this much is clear. every day that goes by, we are more fe, our economy is weak and all americans from all backgrounds suffer. this must end. open the government. ma'am, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. we are now in day 34 of the longest shutdown in america american history.
people in my community who are being hurt by this reckless shutdown. today i'd like to share the story of graciela who wrote to me from my hometown of redlands. she worked for the i.r.s. over 40 years and her federal job allowed her -- lay lous her to care for her daughter, who is suffering from thyroid cancer. she wrote and said each missed paycheck is another two week misdaughter goes without medication and treatment. it's outrageous that in the face of this type of suffering, real human suffering, our president can remain so ka louse. we voted 11 times to reopen this government but instead of working with us to end the shutdown, the president and leader mcconnell continue to move the goal post and insist on funding for their ineffective and wasteful border wall an cuts to legal imgation. our country deserves betters than leaders willing to hold their people hostage. graciela concluded by saying,
this president's misconceived notion that this country needs a wall more than our citizens need to go back to work or be paid for the work they are doing is mind boggling. we deserve better. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute . the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise to demand, to insist, to beseech president trump to end this shutdown now and open the federal government. i represent the fifth largest number of federal government employees. every day i see, i hear, and i feel the pain and suffering of the federal government employees and contractors in my neighborhoods and my communities. mr. brown: one out of every 10 residents in my maryland district live in a household headed by federal government
employee or contractor. this monday, at a community event supporting our federal employees, i met a woman with her 2-month-old infant child. she's an essential employee at the food and drug administration. she needs to be and wants to be on the job but she simply can't. she can't because she can't afford to pay for childcare for her infant daughter. she's having difficulty paying for groceries. providing lunch money for her two elementary school age boys. and is on the verge of not being able to pay either her rent or her car note. she was sobbing, uncontrollably. she was weeping, painfully. and pleading for you, mr. president, open the government. to let her work with dignity. to support her children and to do her job. president trump, end this shutdown now. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are remined to direct their remarks to the chair. for what purpose does the
gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, it's day 34 of the trump shutdown. tomorrow will mark the second missed paycheck for 800,000 federal workers. and for many contractors as well. i've spent parts of two days in the philadelphia airport meeting with workers and seeing the needs. these people and groups are stepping up. every is looking to the republicans and the president to step up. we must reopen this government. pay these workers now. mr. evans: pay these workers now. pay these workers now. pay ese workers noufment these workers now. pay these workers now. i yield back the balance of my time.
thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady rom virginia seek recognition? without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. my district in northern virginia is home to tens of thousands of federal workers and even more contractors who work alongside them. i've heard from hundreds of constituents about how the shuttown has turned their lives upside down. like theresa, who is a furloughed federal workers. she and her husband recently sold their home and signed a contract to purchase another one in my district. the mortgage financing for their purchase was all set and approved before the shutdown. their closing date is set for next monday, the 28th, four days from now. just a cup of days ago they learned the mortgage company is denying their mortgage application because she's furloughed. she was told by the lender that they consider her unemployed and too much of a risk. this is a federal employee who
will receive back pay when the shut down eventually ends but that isn't enough for the mortgage company. it isn't enough for any of their other creditors. now she and her family instead of celebrating moving into their new home are essentially homeless all because of the reckless trump-mcconnell shutdown. madam speaker, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> today, thousands of air traffic controllers who we know are essential to our safety and work in one of the most stressful work environments have had to work without being paid for 34 days. ms. waters: unions for air traffic controllers, pilots and flight attendants released a letter today describing the impact of this shutdown. this is what they wrote. and i quote. we have a growing concern for the safety and security of our
members, our airlines, and the traveling public due to the government shutdown. this is already the longest government shut dunn in the history of the united states and there's no end in sight. in our risk averse industry we cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play. nor predict the point at which the entire system will break. it is unprecedented. this is unconscionable. mr. president, you took credit for this shutdown. you said you would accept the responsibility. you said you own this shutdown. are you going to own and take responsibility for the loss of lives, for a catastrophe that will be caused in the skies, because you're holding the american people hostage for political agenda that has no credibility whatsoever?
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek ecognition? >> i request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. maloney: thank you very much. madam speaker, it is time to end this shutdown, which is hurting working americans and damaging the overall economy. the u.s. chamber of commerce says that the shutdown is harming the american people. american business. and the economy. so far it has cost the united states economy about a half percentage point of overall economic growth. hat's about $25 billion. jpmorgan-chase estimates that the shutdown is now reducing economic output up to $10 billion each week. even the administration has doubled its estimate of the economic costs.
it says that if the shutdown lasts through march, we could have zero growth this quarter. some forecasters even project that growth could turn negative . mr. president, open this government for the people. the people are hurting. enough is enough. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. mr. president, america is in crisis. what will it take for you to reopen the government? will it take families across america to not get their tax rush? -- return? will it take federal employees going without a second paycheck or without health care? will it take millions of families who are going hungry without snap, without food assistance? maybe it will take custom and
border patrol walking off the job, or uninspected planes falling from the sky due to mechanical failure or worse. mr. soto: i have here a letter from doug lowe. one of my constituents, who is an aviation specialist. he talks about how these planes aren't even being inspected right now. or, even worse, for all your bragging about the economy, we could be going into a recession , in what would otherwise be a boom period. so i ask again, president trump, what will it take, what disaster will it take for you to reopen this government now? the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. johnson: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. johnson: madam speaker, i rise today on behalf of federal
employees in my district and around the nation. 800,000 a month now, coastguardsmen, t.s.a. agents and air traffic controllers have been held hostage by president trump's shutdown. a shutdown with far-reaching consequences. due to staffing shortages at , e dallas' two major airports have resulted in shortages from the t.s.a. agents being forced to live the last 34 days without pay. aviation experts have warned that flying today is less safe than over a month ago. madam speaker, since president trump irresponsibly shut government down, i've heard from countless t.s.a. agents and the national air traffic controllers in my district. they have all indicated that
while they are committed to their duties, they're also suffering financially and need the government reopened now. i stand with them, every member of our caucus are standing together calling on the white house to open the government now. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the virgin islands seek recognition? ms. plaskett: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. plaskett: thank you. i also rise to share a shutdown story from my district in the u.s. virgin islands. vanessa thomas, a resident of st. thomas, shared a heartfelt story with me on her personal experience with the government shutdown. in 2017, less than two years ago, she lost her home in the two hurricanes that we had. her home insurance is through the usda rural development program. prior to the shutdown, she did not receive homeowners insurance pames -- payments
regularly. now with this shutdown, she is forced to use her own money to pay for materials and labor to repair her home. she has to choose between having her daughter sit out a semester in college, or to saving her home. this is one among many stories that are threatening residents of our country. today i strongly urge the president to end this shutdown now. immediately. today we cannot continue using federal employees and federal funds as pawns in a political game. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from oklahoma seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. horn: madam speaker, i rise today to address the devastating impacts this shutdown is having on families throughout oklahoma's fifth district. over the martin luther king holiday weekend, i went back to my district and visited with
impacted federal workers. the stories of the impacts were heartbreaking. one of the things that stuck with me was speaking with a woman named tammy who reminded me that it is not just the government that is shuttered right now, but families' lives who are being shattered. and that is too often the forgotten part of this conversation. we should never use federal employees, contractors or their families as pawns in a political disagreement. so while we are analyzing the current negative effects of this shutdown, we also need to look at the long-lasting effects on families, on our communities, and the economy. simply put, we will be suffering the negative consequences of this shutdown for years to come. and the stories i have heard from oklahoma families are the reasons i will continue to work to reopen the government.
thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california eek recognition? ms. pelosi: -- the speaker: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. the speaker: thank you, ma dam speaker. -- madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise following our 11th vote earlier today to reopen government and end the senseless chaos and the pain of this shutdown. why won't the republicans take yes for an answer? why won't they provide relief for the hardworking americans suffering in their own communities? important to note, madam speaker, that on every occasion we have presented to the floor initiatives that have been passed by the republicans, in the senate, just their own bills, sending them back to them, and they have said no. or their bills acted upon by
partisan group in the house. our most recent contribution to second send over to the senate and they have said no. and today, in the simplest, the simplest of resolutions, we said, please vote yes for $12 billion for disaster assistance . we all know that we have to do that. and two weeks. open up the government for two weeks in order to have a discussion of how best to protect our borders. and they said no. $12 billion for disaster assistance, two weeks of opening up government. to allow the debate to continue. while people -- can come to work and those are working, already, all of them can be paid. americans, like brenda from
maine, whose family can no longer pay for heating fuel this winter, while temperatures remain below freezing. americans like julie from rural iowa who says that farmers already are hit hard by tariffs, will feel the squeeze even more now. americans like sara from colorado whose new job at the v.a. is on hold, adding to wait times for veterans who need health care services. and may save veterans who compose nearly 1/3 of our federal work force. 31%. our veterans who have security clearances, who are at risk, which are at risk, when you can lose your security clearance if you lose your credit rating. and you can lose your credit rating if you cannot pay your bills on time. your mortgage, your rent, your car payment, your credit card bills. and the rest.
credit rating goes down, your -- the vulnerability of your security clearance goes down -- is increased. so it is harmful to our veterans to be doing this. it's important for everyone to know how they are affected because our veterans, who have doned the uniform of our country to protect us and then carry on their commitment to public service in the public sector, as federal employees, in some ways still continuing to protect us, in other ways meeting our needs in another way. all of them affected by this shutdown. or like lily from georgia who says, food stamp recipients will go hungry. many will lose subsidized housing. state and local services will be overwhelmed trying to make up for the losses. as one woman, divian, from maine, asked, how is a wall more important than families? the senseless shutdown shows
the american people's safety and security is in peril. this week, f.b.i. agents released a report warning of dire effects of the shutdown on nearly every aspect of their work. they write, the f.b.i. writes, we don't need funds to get drugs and guns off the -- we have funds to get drugs and guns off the street and to prosecute the violent gang and drug traffickers. we aren't able to take child sexual exploitation cases to grand juries to seek entitlements and warrants no nod -- in order to get our most violent offenders arrested. this just puts our children in jeopardy. we have no funds to pay sources that provide cybersecurity intelligence to protect the country against our foreign adversaries. and, they conclude, the fear during this disastrous shutdown is our enemies know they can run freely. the f.b.i. talked about children, putting our children in jeopardy. this shutdown is putting so many children and the families
of our federal workers in jeopardy as well. those of us who have had the privilege of serving knows food lines and the rest, to listen and hear their stories, can tell you firsthand that this is taking -- an impact that is material for sure, it's about their financial security. but psychological as well. we're doing serious damage to our country. totally unnecessarily. the president and the republicans either do not notice or do not care about the real effects of this shutdown on real people. they say, oh, you'll get paid later. well, they have to pay their ills on time and not some time later. this morning, when told that many federal workers were going to food banks, treasury secretary ross said, i don't quite understand why.
as hundreds of thousands of workers are about to miss a second paycheck tomorrow. secretary ross does not know why people without a paycheck have to go to food lines. this marie antoinette attitude of let them eat cake is pervasive in the administration. the president thinks, i guess, they can call their dads for money. hours after secretary ross made his statement, white house economic advisor larry kudlow doubled down on this administration's let them eat cake attitude saying that the shutdown was just a glitch. just a glitch? maybe to you it's a glitch. our 's a paycheck to federal employees and the work they do for us. so they are being harmed. by not getting paid. the people they serve, the american people, are being harmed by not being served.
our economy will suffer a downturn, it does at these times. the president's own economic advisors can tell them that. this shutdown is not a glitch. it is a crisis that the president alone created and that the president alone can end. . the republicans in the congress have been accomplices to the president's irresponsibility and just ignoring the consequences of his action. either he doesn't know or he doesn't care, but nonetheless, the trump shutdown goes on. once again, we call on the president and the republicans in congress, especially in the united states senate where they're holding this up, to reopen government now for the sake of the health, the safety, and the well-being of the american people. and i thank our federal
employees for what they do to meet the needs of the american people. for the role they play in providing the public sector promise that we make to people, to meet their needs, to provide he services of the courts, the protections of our national -- of our security in terms of the f.b.i., of t.s.a., of the coast guard. the cost of this shutdown, the coast guard are the only defense entity that are not being paid because this is a 25% shutdown, 75% of the workforce is at work. the department of defense is at work, but the department of homeland security is not, and that's where the coast guard -- that's what the coast guard falls under.
imagine those responsible for search and rescue in emergency situations having to go to food banks to get food for their families, how does that keep them as strong as they possibly can be, as strong as they possibly can be to search and rescue and protect us? they are our line of defense in securing our borders. a lot of the discussion is about secured borders. well, our borders extend to the seas and our coast guard are our line of defense there, and in our proposals for the opening up of government, we have funding for our coast guard, for assets they have asked us for. o this is a tragedy in so many respects. it shouldn't go on any longer. we should at least be able to discuss and compare the merits of our different proposals, and we should be able to do that with government open and not
holding the american people hostage, federal employees hostage, the security of our eople hostage as well. and the safety and well-being of our children hostage to an idle campaign applause line that the president seems committed to at this time. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my ime. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentlewoman from maine, ms. pingree, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the
majority leader. ms. pingree: thank you very much, madam speaker. i'm pleased we're able to be here tonight to have an hour with some of my colleagues to continue this conversation about the hardships people are facing due to this shutdown and the impact it's having on our country. we've had so many interesting stories and tragic recollections of what people are going through. as our speaker, speaker pelosi just said, we're holding federal employees hostage, we're holding the safety of our country hostage, we're holding the american people hostage and it's time to get the government going again and resolve our differences. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of my special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. pingree: thank you, madam speaker. so today is the 34th day of the longest government shutdown in
history. it's a shutdown that has no excuse and it's taken a great toll on dedicated public servants and their families across america. americans who have jobs are actually standing in line at food pantries here in washington and back home in my state of maine. this chamber, as of today, has voted 11 times to fund the government, to pay 800,000 workers, and to restart essential services. president trump's unwillingness to reopen the government is tone deaf to the financial circumstances of working americans. most are living paycheck to paycheck and pay mortgages and health care premiums and need to keep food on the table. government workers and contractors cannot afford these weeks being held hostage. people who rely on government programs like snap and housing vouchers are feeling the stress. they cannot afford these weeks of being held hostage.
businesses that are losing opportunities to expand and grow their businesses cannot afford these three weeks of being hostage. the consequences of this shutdown have rippled through our state and national economies. members of maine's coast guard who protect us every single day are about to miss their second paycheck while actively serving to protect our working water fronts. the usda's partial closure in maine has put maine farmers in a financial limbo and snap benefits from maine's most vulnerable are on the verge of a lapse. many of maine's craft brewers who added $260 million to our state economy last year have had to put new products in their businesses on hold. at this time i want to share a few stories what we're hearing from our constituents in maine as a result of this shutdown.
i'll just read a few clips from letters i received. the stories mainers shared with a local news and i'll outline some of the broaders problem this historic shutdown has created for real people. we heard from a brewery in the process of expanding to a second location. they had all their paperwork in and the alcohol and tobacco and trade tax -- with the alcohol and tobacco tax and trade bureau in the department of treasury when the shutdown began, but now that brewer is waiting with an empty storefront. another brewery is just waiting for approval to open six new types of beer, all sitting and ready to be sold. as the owner says, january is already a tough time in maine, as i hope you know, and to lose out on weeks of sales because of this shutdown may cause us to close our doors. please, i implore you, do what you can to get the shutdown over with. we hear from a lot of federal
employees in our state. here's one that says, please do whatever you can to reopen the government. i have 28 years of federal service and do not appreciate my financial security being jeopardized by the president. another says, please do everything you can to help end the government shutdown. as a furloughed federal employee, the anxiety of not knowing when or if i'll be paid grows with every day of the shutdown. i have savings to cover a few months of living expenses, but i know many in this situation don't. we just want to get back to work and we don't want to be used as pawns. another says, i'm exempted from furlough and i'm mandated to work without pay. this shutdown is crushing me. i'm a single father of three who went from a one-income household to a no-income household. i keep hearing the president insist that federal workers support this. i must have missed that poll.
no one has asked me for my input. please help end this shutdown soon. this is not sustainable for me. another says, this shutdown is the worst one that i've been involved with since joining the federal government decades ago. earlier this week i went to my credit union to take out a personal loan to pay my bills. it's the first time ever in my life i've had to do that. another says, i work under a government contract, and i just have been informed i cannot come back to work until this government shutdown is over. this is a terrible time of year for myself and my fellow co-workers to not know when we can continue our work. not that this is ever a good time for a shutdown. well, the good news is, i have a lot more stories like this, but i want to share some of the time with my colleagues and i will get back to reading them more. so i'll yield some time to ms. underwood from illinois.
ms. underwood: thank you. madam speaker, we voted for the 10th time to end the shutdown. for people in the 14th district of illinois, the effects of this trump shutdown are real and they are painful. this weekend i visited a family shelter for survivors of domestic violence that does incredible work serving my community. this shelter would like to expand to serve even more people, but funding uncertainty around re-authorization of the violence against women act make that impossible for them. domestic violence survivors are a casualty of the shutdown. this weekend, i also met an entrepreneur who's working to open a pet care company with her husband. he even left his job so they can realize their dream. but they're currently waiting on a small business administration loan they need to open their business. it's sitting on a furloughed worker's desk. entrepreneurs are a casualty of the shutdown. this week i met with air
traffic controllers in my district, people who keep passengers and freight moving safely through the skies. they are working six-day weeks and about to miss a second paycheck. they told me they look after their colleagues by asking, how long do you have left? how long do they have left before they miss a mortgage payment, a health care bill, max out their credit cards? these are hardworking, responsible people, many with at least three months' savings, but they're entering their second month without a paycheck. the financial and psychological stress of this shutdown is cruel, and sadly it won't be the only consequence. the shutdown has closed the air traffic controller training academy, which will diminish the pipeline of people we need to keep air travel safe and efficient in the future. our future is a casualty of the trump shutdown. madam speaker, i sincerely hope our republican colleagues will
join us in reopening the government. the alternative is too painful for too many. i yield back my time. ms. pingree: well, thank you very much for your thoughts. i'm happy to yield whatever time he'd like to speak to my friend from colorado, mr. perlmutter. mr. perlmutter: well, i thank my friend from maine. this subject is so serious and so infuriating because it's absurd. we have shut down our government. we're like the only country in the world that does something like this and inflict harm on our employees, on americans, and on america. we've had the gentlelady, i see here, from virginia in the chamber. she talked about national security being placed at risk. the fact that we've done this to ourselves is really difficult, and i would just say to the president, madam speaker, that it's time to reopen this government.
we've offered 11 versions of how to reopen the government, but i want to talk about some stories because the psychological effect that the gentlelady from maine talked about really has an impact on these employees. and i want to talk about a the man who works for national park service. he's in the natural resource technical division so what he does is he goes to the national parks and deals with faults and different kinds of geological problems that may exist, and they work throughout the year but particularly at the time when it is -- the parks are not very crowded. and this is something that is very important. he's worked for the park service for 19 years, and then all of a sudden he believes that nobody saw this coming and
he's furloughed with young children and he described it as this. doesn't know when we're going to get back to normal. everything's on hold. it just sucks. the mental side is crushing. i'm sad. i'm angry. i'm demoralized. and this sitting around just twiddling your thumbs, hoping that the greatest nation on earth opens back up for .usiness eats away at my soul he's got a brother-in-law that works for the border patrol. he is an e.m.t. and a field agent with four children. he's a first responder not getting paid. and this gentleman, we ask him to provide border security and he's not getting paid and he's under the pressure of having a young family that needs these
paychecks and needs stability and reliability. we have folks from the fish and wildlife that came in and talked to us. deals witha quatic and invasive species like the zebra mussel which can gum up the water system. there was a big conference of canada and the western united states. that got cancelled when in fact we should be making sure these rivers and our waterways are in good shape. they're getting affected. there are so many things. we talk about the front-facing individuals that talk to the public, the t.s.a., the f.b.i., those individuals, but we have so many other employees who provide service to each and every one of us that are either working without pay or have been furloughed without any end in sight. .
this is no way to run a nation. we know that. the absurdity of all of this is really taking hold. and the time for us to open this government. this can be resolved quickly, mr. president. let's just get this government open. and then let's sit down and negotiate all of this. with that, i'd yield back to my friend from maine. ms. pingree: thank you. and thank you for taking the time to share those stories with us. it's so important that everybody understand the impact this is having in many areas that most people don't know anything about. i'm happy to yield whatever time she'd like to the gentlewoman from minnesota, ms. mccollum. ms. mccollum: i thank the gentlelady from maine for organizing this. madam speaker, right now millions of americans all across this country are struggling and they're uncertain about the future because of a government shutdown. federal employees, government contractors and their families, they are all hurting. small businesses, nonprofits,
state, local governments, they are feeling the pain. and they know they cannot count on congress and the federal government as a reliable partner. so who's at fault for this dangerous shutdown? president trump and the republicans. they're demanding a wall. a wall the republican majority refused to fund for two years. and they're willing to inflict pain on millions of americans, damage our economy, and put our nation at risk to get their way, all so the president can keep a campaign promise. mr. trump and the republicans in congress have taken 800,000 federal workers hostage and ransomed their -- their demand for ransom for them is to get back to work? well, if they want to get back to work and get paid, the ransom is trump's wall. last week i met with over 40
federal employees, air traffic controllers, t.s.a. agents, prison guards, all forced to work without pay. i met with federal workers from h.u.d. and the i.r.s. and the agriculture department who are furloughed and without pay. they are struggling. they feel betrayed by their government, they feel betrayed by their president. tomorrow these valued workers will miss their second paycheck. they're hurting, they feel desperate. their families are hurting and they feel afraid. they are being treated like pawns by this president and it's just outright cruel. house democrats have passed appropriation bills 10 times to fund and immediately open the government. but republicans keep voting no. it's time for congress and democrats to vote to open the government and to end this shutdown. then we can negotiate the details of a comprehensive border security and immigration reform, with the government open.
every federal worker on the job or at home, i want you to know, you are valued for your service and your contribution to the safety and security and to the success of our nation. you deserve to be treated with respect. you deserve to get paid immediately. and the one way that we can collectively thank them for their service is to open the government now. and i yield back to the gentlewoman from maine and thank her again for the time. ms. pingree: thank you very much. thank you for sharing those stories. mr. perlmutter, did you -- mr. perlmutter: if the gentlelady would yield. ms. pingree: i'm happy to yield more time. mr. perlmutter: i want to talk about tom, who is a 32-year federal employee, works as an agricultural statistician. he calculates how many cattle are in the western united states and how many acres of hay and crop that we have. this is his fourth government shutdown.
he loves his job and his work. he loves serving our country but feels like these political games have become an insult and he's tired of being used as a pawn. i have many more stories, but i see that the gentleman from maryland is ready to go and i'd yield back to the gentlelady from maine so that she can yield to the gentleman from maryland. ms. pingree: well, thank you very much. and thank you to everyone here tonight to provide the diversity of stories that are really coming from states across the country. which we all represent. and i know it's just a small bit of what we're all hearing every day in our offices. so i'm pleased to yield time to the gentleman from maryland, mr. raskin. rassrass thank you so much for your leadership -- mr. raskin: thank you so much for your leadership. i welcome all questions from you guys and any other colleagues here and from any republicans present, anybody who wants to pose a question to e, i'm all for it.
madam speaker, lara trump, who is president trump's daughter-in-law and re-election campaign advisor, recently had a message for the furloughed workers. and people working without pay. it wilall be worth it, she assures us. quote, listen, it's not fair to you and we all get this, but is is so much bigger than any one person. she said in an interview with bold tv. it's a little bit of pain, but it's going to be for the future of our country. no, this is not a little bit of pain. a little bit of pain is losi your earring at the white house christmas pty. that's a little bit of pain. this is a lot of pain that the american people are experiencing right now. it's day 34 and tens of thousands of my constituents are suffering because of the shutdown. military veterans, air traffic controllers in frederick county being forced to work with no pay, and having to borrow money from their kids' 529 college accounts with a 10% penalty in order to put food on the table
and to pay their mortgage. f.d.a. workers living sent home from the job with no pay -- living in bethesda sent home from the job with no pay when they're supposed to keep our food supply safe. dozens of scientists, researchers, secretaries, technicians, park rangers, i.t. workers, all thrust into a nightmare of closed offices, closed daycare, no gross pay, no net pay, and a suffering economy. there are thousands of private contract employees in my district, madam speaker. who have not -- madam speaker, who have not earned a dollar in a month, and they're never going to get repaid for it. there are uber drivers telling me they're making 1/3 of what they usually make because our regional economy is depressed. in maryland, virginia and d.c., because of the government shutdown. and we know that that's symptomic of what's going on across the country, because
more than 80% of federal workers don't live in the national capital region. one of my constituents has been a federal employee for 27 years. first in the interior department, and then in the national park service, who says this is the first time that i've had to question whether i made the right choice in public service. and the first time i've had to reach into my retirement funds to make sure my wife and i can pay our bills as they come due this week and next. he describes fellow park service employees living lives of quiet desperation. and of course they would be, because they're being maligned and typecast by the president of the united states who derides all of the federal workers as democrats. he says, they're all democrats. first of all, not true. but what does -- different does it make? they're all americans. we used to have a president of the united states who stood with all americans. not just with those of a certain political party or those who agreed with the president or showed blind
support to the president. we used to have presidents who were loyal to the american people and to our constitution. all our suffering, my constituent writes, mostly silently, not looking for pity, but just for congress and the white house to do their job. now, we might think this shutdown is some kind of freak outburst by an admittedly erratic and impetuous president, but, madam speaker, i represent tens of thousands of federal workers and i'm afraid there's a method to this madness and i know what it is. because i was there in january, 2017, when the president issued an executive order freezing all federal hiring, demoralizing and even crippling agencies throughout our government. i was there when they adopted in january of 2017 the homing rule, giving congress the power to reduce federal workers' salaries and even abolish their positions simply by slipping riders in appropriations bills. i watched them try to ban the use of the words climate change by federal scientists in
official documents, and i saw them propose hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to federal worker wages and health benefits. i saw the president in september of last year announce his decision to rescind modest across-the-board statutory pay increases and locality pay increases of 1.9% for the federal work force, and i've watched them try to bust the federal worker unions by making it easier to fire federal employees and trying to undo the depifting -- existing collective bargaining contracts. a series of moves that were fought by the afge and nteu and reversed in court. madam speaker, the original political philosopher of this administration, steve bannon, told us very clearly what was the principle and overriding political aim of this administration when he essentially declared war on our government and its work force. he stated at the outset of the administration that the new administration is in an unending battle for deconstruct construction of the administrative state -- deconstruction of thed a misk
state. every day -- the administrative state. every day it's going to be a fight, he said. and by administrative state i mean my constituents who are working to protect our air, water, planet, climate and e.p.a. and noaa. he menals the civil services at the department of justice who are prosecuting mobsters and white collar criminals. the i.r.s. agents trying to collect money so we have a government. he means the people at noaa who are trying to save from us the horrors of ocean acidification, the collapse of the glaciers and the cataclysmic weather events that have overtaken us in the age of global warming. he means the hardworking scientists and researchers at the n.i.h. who are working to cure colden -- colon cancer and breast cancer, cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis and even malignant narcissistic personality disorder. madam speaker, does america recognize what's happening to us? we have a president who has essentially declared war on our own government, on our own civil service.
thanks complete betrayal of the oath of office -- this is a complete betrayal of the oath of office. he has sworn to uphold and defend the law and not to frustrate and thwart it. the first paragraph of the constitution creates a covenant to form a more perfect union. but the president has given us the longest shutdown in american history. he's driving a wedge through the union. to establish justice, but they've defended the department of justice. to ensure domestic tranquility, but the department of homeland security is not being funded in our border and pa -- and our border and patrol agents are being forced to work without pay. to provide for the common defense. by our -- but our coast guard officers have been held hostage, along with the rest of the federal work force. to promote the general welfare, but 800,000 federal workers are being forced to work with no pay or be sent home from jobs that the american people desperately want them to do. and to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, but instead we are now threatening to bequeath to
our children a dysfunctional government, degraded regulatory capacity to clean our air and water, a chaotic and unequal economy, and a comprehensive climate disaster. and who wins? who benefits? who profits from it? well, we know it's not the american people. the overwhelming number of the american people in every poll say, open up the government right now. put the federal workers back to work. and it's not the federal work force which has been put through hell over the last month. it's not the business community which is suffering. it's none of us who is benefiting, because the whole economy is hurting. but donald trump has a profound admiration for autocrats and kleptocrats, tie ran thes and dictators all over the world. putin in russia. hungry, the philippines -- hungary, the philippines. the homicidal crowned prince of saudi arabia. all of these are the heroes of the president.
and it must be a delicious sight for them to see, as the president dismantles the government of our own country, they don't shut down the government in russia. they're not shutting down the government in hungary. they're not shutting down the government in the philippines. but he's shut down our own government. who wins? who benefits from this outrageous and scandalous offense against america? well, it's not a partisan issue. i think the american people are increasingly unified every day against this horror. nd now we have the first great republican president, abraham lincoln, who unified america by working to save the union, and defend the government. and now we've got a republican president who's driving a wedge through the union and has closed government down. will that be his legacy? will this disgraceful offense
against our constitution and government be the legacy of this president? or will somehow, someone get to the president and tell him that our people are hurting, it's not a little bit of pain? and i know they can't understand why federal workers are going to food banks. then they should come on out to the food banks, i inveet them to come join me at the food banks in my district where i've been going, will meet lots of federal workers and their families there. because in this economy, there are a lot of people who are living from paycheck to paycheck and tomorrow that's two paychecks that people have missed. . and they've missed them in not doing the jobs that the american people need them to do. i thank ms. pingree for yielding me this time. i urge all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the president to please let america get back to work and to open
the government immediately. i yield back. ms. pingree: i thank the gentleman from maryland. i know it's particularly challenging in a district where so many people are close to washington and so many federal employees have, you know, a multitude of challenges. so i appreciate your good work and your thoughts. and i want to yield a little time to my friend and colleague from alabama, ms. sewell. ms. sewell: thank you. madam speaker, i rise today in solidarity with the over 800,000 federal workers and contractors who are dramatically impacted by this shameful and irresponsible government shutdown. i rise today to share the stories of those federal workers in my district, alabama's seventh congressional district. this shutdown is impacting everyone. i had the pleasure recently going through the montgomery airport and the birmingham airport in my district. you know, it was martin luther king day and everybody was
trying to be upbeat. but you know, it's really hard to be upbeat when you miss a paycheck. it's hard to be upbeat when you have bills to pay and you don't know how you're going to make ends meet. we celebrated martin luther king's birthday on monday, and it was king who said injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. well, madam speaker, it is a threat to justice that people work without pay in this country, in america. it is an injustice that they're about to miss their second paycheck. it's unacceptable that we are not doing our jobs so that the people who are working without pay can get paid. we have to do better. we must reopen government. enough is truly enough. today, my staff delivered food to the federal bureau of prisons in aliceville, alabama. in pickens county, to the more
-- hundreds of workers that work there every day and who have not gotten paid in 35 days. they did so out of service, but you know what, we out of obligation must open up this government so that everyone who is working gets paid and all those that are furloughed can go back to work. we know the importance of dignity of a job, and these are hardworking federal workers and contractors that deserve to get paid. why are we holding them hostage? why is their paychecks held hostage? all for a wall. i want to be clear, madam speaker. we democrats believe in border security, but we want effective border security. i do not believe that spending $5.7 billion for a wall when people in my district, babies in my district, go to bed hungry. when there are people in my district who need basic water and sewer in pickens county and
in perry county, alabama. i will stand up and fight for all those in my district, and i stand in solidarity with my federal workers and contractors. they deserve to get paid. i had an opportunity to talk with a young t.s.a. worker from birmingham, alabama, just on tuesday. i pass through that airport once a week coming to and fro to d.c. and this young worker with a smile on her face said, how are you this morning? can i help you? and i said, how can i help you? i want you to know that we're working hard every day to open up government. she goes, i know that. i know that you are. i also know that you know that a wall will not make the difference. you know, the sad irony is that so many of these federal workers don't have savings. she told me that she was just happy to have a job with the federal government, to have the security of having a federal
job, is what she said. she also told me right now things are ok because she has her mother to take care of her child. she can no longer afford to send her child to daycare and put gas in her car to drive to the birmingham airport to work at 4:00 a.m. in the morning, that first shift. but she does it. she does it as long as she can. and we have to stand on this floor and demand that we reopen government as long as we can, as long as they have not gotten their paychecks. it's unfair. it is an injustice. it is an injustice. so today, many of my congressional staff are with those correctional officers in aliceville, alabama. we heard the story of heather bryant, who is struggling to pay for the gas she needs to drive the 30 minutes to work. you see, in this small community of aliceville,
alabama, the federal women's correctional facility is a major employer. it is a major employer in that city, in that county. and i want you to know that because of the 35 days that these correctional officers, parole officers, prison workers have gone without pay, that we have seen restaurants closed. we have seen convenient stores reduce hours in that community. indeed, in order for us to provide meals today, we had to to en that diner in order feed these workers today. this is unacceptable because it's not just the federal workers that are impacted. it's the collateral damage that's done to the communities around this country. storeowners, restaurant owners who depend upon those workers for their livelihoods are affected. we must do something now.
it is unfair for us to ask those folks who are furloughed to come back to work and not get paid. it is unfair and injust for us to ask federal workers who are working hard every day in our airports, in our prison systems, all across this nation to work without pay. but as martin luther king also said, the time is always ripe to do what is right. what is right, madam speaker, is to reopen government now. we must stand with these federal workers. we must unabashedly demand they get paid, and we must seek ways to work across the aisle to get government open. but they have to also offer an olive branch. this president hasn't done that. instead, he's put his interests over the american people's interests. enough is enough. we must reopen government and let our federal workers, our
contractors know that we stand in solidarity with them. i yield back the balance of my time. ms. pingree: thank you very much to ms. sewell from alabama . happy to give whatever time she would like to ms. schakowsky from illinois. ms. schakowsky: thank you. i really appreciate the opportunity to come down and talk. our colleague from alabama was talking about martin luther king who also talked about the urgency of now. if there's a time for urgency, it is now to end the shutdown and pay the workers. he also talked about and warned about that if you wait too long, it can be too late. so this is the time to spare what is a growing disaster for all americans from happening. wilbur ross, our commerce secretary, said that he doesn't quite understand why these
furloughed and unpaid workers might have to go to a food bank. he doesn't understand. that is exemplary of the level at which this administration is completely tone deaf and out of touch. that they don't understand how people -- beginning salary for t.s.a. worker at the airport is $28,000. and sometimes it goes up to maybe $43,000. tomorrow will be the second week -- the second paycheck that they don't get. so a number of us in chicago had a roundtable that included eight members of the house of representatives, democrats and senator durbin, madam chair, right now, madam speaker in the chair was at that roundtable, and we heard from 18 given workers from different agencies
-- different workers from different agencies talking. and wilbur ross ought to talk to florence who is helping people get food stamps and found herself having to apply for food stamps for the snap program. and she waited three hours at a food bank. why? because the lines are growing and growing and growing of people who, yes, secretary ross , need to get food on their tables and can't afford to do it. shame on you for not understanding what's going on out there. we are hearing people giving blood and plasma in order to have a few dollars to put food on the table. we're hearing about people running out of gas money because -- and that means they can't get to work. this is money that comes out of
their pocket while they are not getting paychecks. this president, mitch mcconnell won't even -- you know, doesn't want to call bills that would actually get the government going. shame on you. shame on you, wilbur ross. shame on this administration. this is a crisis. this is a disaster that you're creating. you can end it. the e demand is clear, and shutdown, pay the workers. thank you. ms. pingree: thank you so much for sharing that. thank you for hosting a roundtable in your district. every time we have a chance we have people to gather to talk about this, at least they know we're listening to them, even if we haven't fixed the problem. i'm happy to yield whatever time he would like to use to mr. soto from florida. mr. soto: thank you. and i thank the gentlelady from payne for hosting this. first, i -- from maine, for hosting this.
first, i want to start by reading a letter from douglas lowe, who is a professional aviation safety specialist in my district. dear, representative soto, i'm writing you with a heavy heart and much stress as i live through this government shutdown. this is the longest we've ever faced, and as the days continue, i'm finding myself more and more weakened by the situation. i am president for the florida chapter of professional aviation safety specialists. we represent the men and women that make aviation across our nation function in every aspect , from the aviation safety inspectors to people like myself who maintain complex equipment that makes air traffic control possible as well as a multitude of support staff that deal with logistics and contracts. the main reason i am writing you is to talk about the human
factor. we need to find a resolution. there must be an end to this shutdown. real people are suffering. many co-workers of mine across the nation, people i represent have come to me with hardships. i personally have dealt with two individuals already who had to resign their positions and move on with life. we are going on day 34 now with no end in sight. men and women like myself have still been at work. each day makes that endeavor a little harder. we struggle with when and how do we keep coming to work and support the system that we could no longer afford gas to get to. i personally have had to make some sacrifices already. this friday, the 25th, is my daughter's 18th birthday. i've asked my daughter to please forgive me, but we are not buying her anything right now because we need to budget
and ensure we have money for bills and for food. i also take care of my mother who has schizophrenia. i have been relying 100% this past month on her nurse to hold everything together because i cannot get over to see her. the amount of stress and anxiety surrounding these events is enormous. i cannot ask enough that every member of congress, please think about those of us who are caught in the middle of this fight. please consider our hardships and find some common ground. find a road forward. i still have faith in you, and we are carrying the country on our backs, but i do not know how much longer we can endure. i'm a marine and a leader, so i show a smile and i keep moving forward but have already seen the heartache and turmoil
others have displayed. people crying, not knowing how to make ends meet. professionals applying for food stamps and aid while still being required to put in 40-hour workweeks. the list goes on and on, but i believe the most disturbing fact is that this is happening to people in the united states of america, the greatest country in the world. . people are being asked and forced to work for free. completen -- threatened to completely lose their livelihood if they do not show up for work. this is something i would expect from a country that is developing, i won't use the exact word he used. my fear is someone is going to be so stressed, that they miss -- miss a task. they're going to be so fatigued that they make a mistake and with the jobs that we do, that mistake could lead to the lives of thousands being lost.
aviation safety is on the line and each day, each hour, each minute that we stay shut down, more risk is injected into our nation's aviation system. please, i beg you, to reopen the government before something bad happens. i continue to come to work because i think of the children that may be flying into orlando on a make-a-wish foundation flight. that child may have cancer and may be on their way to disney for what may be the last days of their lives. i come to work each day without pay to make sure that those children land safely. but as the weeks turn into months, for this shutdown, i am fearful that even i will have a breaking point. sincerely, douglas lowe, professional aviation safety specialist.
now i want to talk a little bit about compromise throughout american history. you know, there have been some great american compromises that we have seen in this nation. starting at the very founding of our republic in 1787, after we had to start working on the constitution. kentucky delegates -- connecticut delegates roger scherman and olver ellsworth drafted the great compromise. a plan for congressional representation. without this, there likely would have never been a constitution. many more compromises have followed in political history, but imagine what small states would face if -- and large states would face if they didn't have representation in the senate and in the house. and then there was the compromise of 1790 that was de famous by the now-popular
hamilton musical. it was the compromise by alexander hamilton and thomas jefferson, with james madison, where hamilton won the decision for the national government to take over and pay the debt and create a banking system while jefferson and madison obtained a national capital in the district of columbia that we stand in right now for the south. that was described as the room where it happens. and i feel like we need another room where it happens today. but compromises aren't always great in american history. the 19th century in particular, we had many examples. and it was a dark time for trying to compromise on such moral crusades such as slavery and the civil war. but i will mention one of them. in 1820 there was the missouri
compromise. legislation that provided a mission of your state, maine, a ree state, along with missouri , that unfortunately came in as a slave state. thus maintaining the balance of power between the north and the south in the united states. so one of the things i struggle with right now is what time are we in? is this a time where we need to compromise and it will turn out to be one of those terrible ones that america will look back on like that one? or will it be one of the ones that helped forge ahead the republic stronger than ever? n the 20th century, compromise fared far better in american politics. we saw in 1917 the united states came together to enter world war i. even though we were still emerging as a world power ourselves.
but we saved our allies from destruction and turned the tide of the war and eventually emerged as a major power. but everything changed when we saw the new deal happen. and mostly democrats, with some republicans, not enough of them, came together to help make sure that we would have major programs to help put americans back to work. after we had the stock market crash. but it was in december -- on december 7, 1941, a day that would live in infamy, where pearl harbor was bombed, that democrats and republicans came together to join in a fight against nazi germany and the japanese empire to literally rewrite the rules of the world order that we now live in today. we just in fact reaffirmed
those with a vote the other day, affirming our support for nato. compromises got even better as we got into the 1960's. in 1964 one of the first civil rights bills was proposed by congressional democrats in the north and opposed by republican senators and led to one of the longest filibusters in senate history. eventually majority leader hubert humphrey of minnesota, i believe, reached out to his republican counterpart, senator everett dirkson, to put an end to the debate and the bill passed nine days later. more , we saw finally regulations and more teeth into the law to protect folks who were going hungry with the food stamp act. and it was republican bob dole at the time, i mean, can you imagine that later on?
along with democratic senator george mcgovern that joined forces to support a bipartisan compromise back in 1977. in 1986, we've heard so much about in the 1980's, president reagan and speaker tip o'neill being able to get together to come up with major compromises. one was to save social security 1983 ture generations, in to 1986. another in 1986 was a tax reform bill that eventually came to a compromise, which leads me to probably the most relevant one for what we have today. which is in 2013, when a bipartisan immigration bill passed the senate with 68 votes . it had comprehensive immigration reform, it included robust border security. so the big question that each member will have to ask in the congress, in the house, in the
senate, and among the president as well, is what are we willing to do to rise together? what sacrifices are we willing to take and what compromises are we willing to wage and what interests are we going to advance to come together to put an end to the longest shutdown in american history? and i can assure you it's not going to be easy. but i know that if we all work together, we can do it. but there's one thing in common with all these compromises. none of them required a government shutdown. not a single one. we had some filibusters in there. but not one of these major compromises in american history started by a shutdown. so i think the first thing we need to do is reopen the government. not hold our federal workers hostage over what needs to be a grand compromise on policy, on immigration, on border security . and with that, i thank the gentlelady from maine for
allowing me to have a few moments to talk about how important it is, this moment in time is, and how every member needs to step up for the american people, to end this shutdown now. thank you. ms. pingree: thank you. i thank the gentleman from of so for reminding us many important historic compromises. some i liked, some i didn't. but if not for the missouri compromise, we wouldn't have maine. so i'm glad for that one anyway. as you said, we can compromise without holding all of these workers who we've been talking about tonight hostage, and without shutting down the government. without shaking up people's lives. this is our challenge to work out. as members of congress, as members of the executive branch. we can't ask our hardworking federal employees to bear the brunt of all of this. with that, i'd like to yield some time to the woman from -- the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. clarke, who is also the vice chair of our caucus. thank you for being -- ms. clark, who is also the vice
chair of our caucus. thank you for being here tonight. thank you for fitting us into your busy schedule. ms. clark: thank you. thank you for yielding and for holding this important special order hour. it is so important that we tell the stories of the very real impact of this shutdown. and i appreciate you giving us that opportunity. i do want to share some of the stories from my district. we recently heard from emily who's a t.s.a. agent at logan airport, and a single mom of three. she hasn't received her paycheck, she won't be getting one tomorrow. and is worried about falling behind on rent and child care payments. she has to stay current with child care or she loses her children's spots. she said, quote, i don't know how i'm going to make this work . if i don't get paid, how can i afford to send my children to
daycare? bank s $400 left in her account. then there's donna from revere. she's been employed at her job for the last 22 years, but doesn't know where her next meal will come from without a pay check to rely on. donna said, i have to choose between buying food or paying a bill. we received a call from a retired federal employee who lives in affordable housing and is required to prove her income to renew her leels. she cannot obtain a statement from -- her lease. she cannot obtain a statement from o.p.m. regarding her pension because she is closed, jeopardizing her living situation. sandy called us. she owns a start-up in cambridge that almost exclusively contracts with d.o.d. and d.h.s. this is a small business and they are struggling to keep up
with payroll as the checks stopped coming. she said, we have about a week and a half of payroll left. david from ashland is an active duty coast guard member stationed in boston. which i want to note, the community has come together to open a food bank for our coast guard members and their families. and he doesn't know how he and his family are going to continue to pay their bills. the coast guard certainly for coastal states and for our national security play a critical role. not only in search and rescue, protection from terrorism, but also in drug interdiction. and the fact that we are asking coast guard members who serve their country proudly and with great patriotism to work without pay is a national shame.
susan from belmont receives a housing subsidy through h.u.d. and if the shutdown continues, she is afraid she could face the possibility of eviction. we've heard from amanda. amanda is an indian citizen who has resided with legal status in the u.s. for over 12 years. working for a child care provider. she and her husband and young son traveled to india in november to visit with family. and at that time they went to the u.s. consulate to get their visas stamped. her husband's visa was issued right away, but amanda's was subject to further review. having not received her visa, she remains in india separated from her son and husband. the shutdown has delayed this processing further and has prolonged the separation, which is a significant hardship on this family. these are just a few of the stories that we have heard about the real impact on this
shutdown. it is long past time that we open government. we can negotiate on what real border security looks for, but it shouldn't be done at the expense of the security of these families and of our national security as well. thank you very much. ms. pingree: i thank the gentlewoman from massachusetts for sharing those stories, which we are hearing throughout new england and are so challenging and meaningful to all of us. we've heard tonight from, as i said earlier, we've heard from all regions of the country, north and south and east and west. and so many of these stories are the same. we've heard from families affected by the fact that our coast guard, our coast guard personnel are not being paid. the only branch of the military that doesn't get paid, and this is a hardship not only on them, but on their families as well. who are home trying to make
ends meet when they're off deployed. the t.s.a., the f.a.a., which we depend over single day at our airports across the country, for our safety, for our security, people who work in the federal courts, people who are not working but are government employees, they're not essential so they're furloughed, but they can't go out and get another job in the middle of all of this. they just have to wait until it's over to collect that back-pay. and so many of the contractors i hear from who can't continue with the contracts because maybe they work with the coast guard or other federal agencies and they can't keep the funding going and they can't give any certainty to when jobs will be completed or to their own employees. i have a couple of minutes left and i'm going to read a long story, but it might just take up just exactly the amount of time. we talk about employees but there are so many impacted by this, especially the agriculture sector, we're proud of seeing
new young farmers getting into the business, farms being revied, finding new markets. this was a story from a farm in thomaston, they shared the story of how the shutdown has impacted them. they say, we are often removed from the issues of others, we can cry and shake our first in the air with a little bit of safe distance from way up here but not this time. the shutdown affects everyone. we planned an schemed our way farm propertyoric in thomaston. we have spent our evenings after catching chickens, milking cowingses, staring at numbers on a screen. greg grew up learning how to enjoy dark mornings, working on a dairy farm in rural pennsylvania and i grew up in central maine, spending
morningings waiting for the daferery truck and learning how to beat my brother to the cream on the too much the glass ottle. we want to ensure that these experiences are available to our kids and everyone in maine. our farm is financed the old fashioned way, on a tight rope. we operate in a way that keeping things exciting. the rural development loans are valuable resources for poor folks who want to work hard and eat well and we make good use for them. about a year ago, we poured ourselves into the process of funding a new farm we found to fit our needs. we managed to secure the property and relying on our faith-based budget we went for it. thanks to c.e.i. for taking that chance on us. we also began the laborious process of financing the dairy process at the new farm. this is all contingent on us
selling the old farm property. we cannot carry two farms. after gratefully securing a buyer for the old farm we were moments away from closing when the government was shut down. just like that. we lost access to our mortgage holder and all of the necessary documentation and signatures that they alone can provide. not only that, we were just a few weeks away from the deadline for our maine dairy loan and found ourselves with the proof of security necessary. no skin in the game equals no dairy loan. we are now weeks past our closing. we continue to accrue heating bills, taxes and mortgage interest on the old farm property while we pay all the same on the new one. we had to scramble to find another bridge loan for the dairy infrastructure and due to the lender being anyone but usda, interest rate is more than 5 percentage points higher. that translate into an annual number that made our numbers guy take a few breaths before commenting when he hears the news. we are thousands of $s into this
shuttown now. we operate on razor thin margins and we are not alone. the companies that sell us grain -- are actual people, employing other actual people, all operating on a faith-based budget, trying to preserve a way of life we believe has value and merit. we need an end to the shutdown before we have to shut down the way of life that should be much more is lost for all. thank you to my colleagues for being here tonight. thank you to everyone who shared their stories an allowed us to let you in a little bit on how this tragedy proceeds. i encourage a negotiation and settlement. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are remined to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. under the speaker's announced spoil of january 3, 2019, the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman, for 30 minutes. mr. grothman: thank you, madam
speaker. i rise today to address the current government shutdown and the status of the government wall. it's kind of a frustrating issue to address because there's so much misinformation out there. the first thing i will address is the unpaid employees. we can pay the unpaid employees, particularly the employees who are working, if we would pass a bill now. we do not have to end this whole thing, there is a wonderful bill, house bill 271, introduced by congressman brooks, i'm a co-sponsor, that will immediately pay all the current working federal employees. i do not have the power to put that bill on the floor. because i am just a regular congressman from wisconsin. but the majority leader, you see him, could put that bill on the floor any time. and if the real concern here is
for the federal employees who work in our airports, who work in the coast guard, who work in our prisons, many of which i know and are great people, if these people really cared about them, that bill would be on the floor next tuesday and winging its way to president trump's desk by this time next week. it is a mystery to me why, when so many politicians purport to care about the federal employees, they will not bring forth this bill to pay them without having the whole issue solved. the next issue i'm going to address is these people who say president trump cannot compromise. i don't know whether they haven't been paying attention the last two years or whether they are just -- they just love to make things up. for the public to understand, under normal circumstances, if we're going to build a wall, the
wall is in what we call an appropriation bill. or people back home would refer to as a budget. president trump ran on the wall and the wall is necessary and we'll talk about that in a second. but nevertheless, president trump would have wanted funding for this wall in some budget. for this first two years, president trump was sent budgets by congress or spending bills by congress that did not contain a wall. that was frustrating to him but because he did not want to shut down the government, did not want to penalize the government employees, president trump particularly with a big omnibus bill about a year ago, signed big spending bills without a wall because he compromised. you will recall that originally people talked about this wall being $20 billion.
president trump is now asking for $5.7 billion. in the last week i have taken time to meet with the former head of the border patrol, i have been in the ayes border and it disappoints the experts in field, the people on the border themselves that donald trump has compromised so much as to want only funding for a fraction of the wall. so i would say coming down from $20 billion to $5.7 billion is a big compromise. i would say twice signing entire appropriations for his first two years in office without the wall is a big compromise by president trump. president trump last saturday also decided to extend asylum, decided to -- i'm sorry decided to extend daca, decided to extend temporary protected
status on people. what i found out from listening to the border patrol is when you talk about daca, so far as the president talks about it, it encourages more people to come here from south of the border because they will assume daca is a permanent thing. and that more and more people will be added to it. but despite the fact thate might have been irresponsible to talk about daca and extending it again, president trump in an effort to compromise decided to throw these other policy items in the mix on saturday. i was -- i sometimes slip, instead of calling president trump the command for the chief i call him the compromiser in chief because he's made -- given so much, to twice sign annual bills without funding for the wall, asked for funding for the wall for only a fraction of the wall, and when i was town on the
border i saw places where the wall needed extension and president trump is not asking for enough money for the extension that the border patrol needs. but in the interest of compromise, president trump has asked for $5.7 billion. i will talk in a second about how much that money it is. i know for me, $5.7 billion is a huge amount of money. but let's talk about what other people are willing to vote on around here. $5.7 billion for the wall is about one seventh of what we spend every year on foreign aid. i never hear congressmen come up here and rail against all the , ney we're spending against we. -- against foreign aid and how much we could do if we ke79 the money at home but all of a sudden with one seventh the cost of foreign aid we have a battery of people on the other side of the aisle saying we could do so much more with that money.
in the wink of an eye they'll pass appropriation bills spending seven times that much year after year after year after year. on foreign aid. president trump greatly increased the defense budget. more than i would have liked, complained about it a little bit. the funding for the wall would be about one twevt of the increase, not the total budget but the increase of the budget under president trump. again, i objected. almost nobody around here, however, objected to this large increase in the defense budget, but now it comes to the wall and all of a sudden they can't bring themselves to vote for it. is this a crisis? you bet it's a crisis. like i said, i was down on the border last week and -- in arizona. first of all, we have the huge
cost of government at the border. people are coming across the border using our medical facilities. the governor of california has outright said he'll be happy to have all the immigrants. i guess everybody is from -- everybody in the western hemisphere can come to california and have the government which to a certain extent means the federal government, pay for medical costs. 90% of the heroin comes across the southern border. i hear people say most of that is at selected points of entry. but the reason most of the heroin caught is at selective points of entry is because we're t catching virtually anybody between the points of entry. they're just walking in where there is no wall. i don't know, given the huge number of people who die of heroin every year, that we can say that not putting walls in
the gaps in the current system is not something that is necessary and not something that we need to do to solve that heroin crisis. i mean, there are a lot of parts to that heroin crisis but when that amount of heroin is coming across south of the border, part of the answer is to complete the all. we're get manager and more children at our border. what is going on right now, so people understand, is parents are sending their children to the border. and if the children come to the border, which is all the easier because they may have somebody escort them to the border, we will take those children and deliver them to a relative around the country. i would say if a child is taking a hazardous trek, albeit helped along the way, to come to the united states and the parents are sending the children with
somebody who may not be their relative, sending their children because once the children are here, the children can say they're living in america and the parents can come here. under the family rules. and join them. it is a huge crisis. other people coming and trying to get between the points of entry are frequently found dying, i have been told, i haven't confirmed it, that in the tucson sector alone in the last 15 or 16 years, over 2,000 people have been found dead of dehydration, starvation, what have you. that is what you call a humanitarian crisis. the overall cost on our overburdened government, different people can argue how much illegal immigrants cost the country. the heritage foundation, some may not agree with them, feel it's over $50 billion a year. when it's costing us $50 billion
between the health care costs and the welfare costs and the education costs and the criminal justice costs, how can you not end $5.7 billion to begin to olve this crisis? next thing to address, it's sometimes said, and people said to my right, that everybody wants to do something about the border. i question that. give what other people are saying -- given what other people are saying. it may surprise americans to know that there are a lot of people out there who buy into the idea that the united states can be kind of like europe and we can have open borders and everybody can walk wherever they want. how do we know this? all around the country we have sanctuary cities in which mayors, or sanctuary counties in which county executives, or
in the case of california in which a whole state, where local officials are forbidden to ask people whether they are here illegally or not. the only explanation for that is that americans are electing people around the country who do not believe in borders, who are perfectly happy to have tens of millions of people come across our southern border, some good, some not so good. but obviously these people do not believe in border security. if you believed in border security, the governor of california would not be openly inviting everybody to come to california for free medical are. it is clear that a lot of people out there do not want a closed border. another piece of evidence for that is you have members of congress saying we should get rid of i.c.e. get rid of immigration
enforcement. people who publicly say we should get rid of immigration enforcement, even though it's a preposterous idea, of course border security is not a priority for them. they are the type of people, who on examining the situation, can see no reason why we cannot accept five or 10 or 15 or 20 million other illegal immigrant as i cross the border. and by the way -- a-- immigrants across the border. and by the way, the other thing i found out while talking to the border patrol, is nobody knows how many illegal immigrants are around the country. you've heard it said 11 million. it could be 15 million, it could be 20 million. we really aren't counting and the people on the border, the border patrol, themselves will admit that they don't know how many people are come age cross the border -- coming across the border. now, the next thing you hear is, oh, i care about border security, i just don't believe in the wall. why don't i believe that? i don't believe that they
really care about border security because walls work. now, behind me i have pictures of four parts of the wall or the wall in other parts of the world. here we have a wonderful wall which cut illegal immigration by over 90% in the san diego-tijuana area. that wall works. i was in no gal he is, arizona, -- nogales, arizona, and here's a wall that was recently refurbished and that wall worked. unfortunately, as you'll notice, the wall ends. and the border patrol and the ranchers near this area who live near this area, one of which i recently talked to, they all of a sudden ms-13 showed up, and they had to give the din -- them dinner at the ranch. these people desperately want this wall to be extended a little bit. here we have more wall in arizona. and here we have a wall that is cut -- that has cut illegal
immigration down to almost nothing in israel. i was not able to find a wall, which halls been successful, i have to find a picture, we'll be back next week with a picture, of a wall between jordan and syria. you might say, why are you talking about a wall between jordan and syria? because a lot of that wall was paid for by the united states. now, why did the united states have no problem funding a wall in san diego or a wall in arizona or upgrading the wall in nogales? many of my colleagues on the right side of me here had no problem voting for these walls. but there's something different about these walls than the wall president trump wants. these walls were proposed by somebody other than president trump. when it was president clinton proposing to build a wall in san diego, people didn't say it was immoral to have a wall. when president obama was extending or upgrading the wall in nogales, arizona, people didn't say, president obama is
an immoral person, walls look bad. you never even heard about it. i didn't know about it until a couple of weeks ago. hen you have the wall going up in arizona, that wall was built under president bush, under appropriation bills, not a peep, nobody saying it was immoral when president bush built a wall. so now we get down to -- i reluctantly conclude, because i have to wonder, when you have these other successful walls around the world, when we have no problem voting for walls for jordan, for goodness sake, why all of a sudden in this large budget, and every budget has even things in it we don't like, why all of a sudden do we go through all this heartburn, put all these federal employees through their financial -- part of it
some people want president trump to fail. and the fact that not building a wall means all that much more heroin across the border, that it means all that -- many more people coming across the border, escorted across the border by the mention can -- mexican cartels. and by the way, today the mexican cartels run the border. so to come in this country it means you are hostage for a while to the mexican cartels. which maybe one of the reasons why dethe don't do a very good job of protecting the women down there. it's why it can be very expensive for people. it's why people who try to escort you across the border and aren't a member of the cartel, if they are caught, will be killed. and apparently in some cases skinned alive. but we don't want to stop the current situation. and again, i don't know -- the folks back home will have to wonder, why can people build a wall in jordan, why can people
build a wall in san diego, which is very effective, why can we let president bush build wall, but all of a sudden president trump becomes president and we have to have a shutdown because we can't vote or a budget with a wall in it? you know, i mean, i voted for spending bills under chief executives that were democratics and republicans. i usually agree with the republicans. but it never occurred to me to vote against a spending bill because i didn't like other policies of the chief executive. so here we have it. i'll refresh your memory one more time. walls work. they work in israel. they work in san diego. they work in nogales. we have paid for many walls, both in this country and in other countries, and other
countries build walls and they are suessful. if we do not build a wall, we will continue to have people starve as they try to come in here inappropriately. we will continue to have bad people come across the border, who commit crimes. we will continue to have people come across the border who are here for our generous welfare benefits. which is something that didn't occur to me until i got down to the border and talked to customs and they said, when you look in people's wallets and you look at people's purses, they finfood stamps, cards in those purses. in otr words, people are coming here to get our welfare benefits. it would be much better if we completed the wall and funneled peoe through the normal entry points so we can keep some of the crinal element out of the cotry, we can keep people coming here just to take advantage of our generous medical systems, all the federal dollars going into this hat are -- our governor of
california and mayor of new . rk are so eager to give awa we can solve this crisis, but all it takes is somebody to be willing to pass a budget, a budget that is too free spending otherwise, by the way. i don't like all this excessive spending in the budget. but every budget is a compromise and we're willing to whether the wall. i hope in the -- build the wall. i hope in the interim my colleagues, who at least are pretending now to care about the federal employees, will bring a separate bill to the floor, which they can do at any hb-271, derful bill, brooks, great guy, bring that bill to the floor so we can pay the coast guard, we can pay the guys and gals working in the federal prisons. we can pay the t.s.a. guys. so even if you don't feel like spending anything on the wall
, at least they can get paid for the work they're doing. and you are crying crocodile tears if you do not co-sponsor those bills and bring those bills to the floor, but then claim that you have sympathy for the federal employees. we do not have to solve the other issues to get these people paid. i'd like to thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. i do? ok. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, and further when the house adjourns on that day, it adjourn to meet on monday next, when it shall von -- convene at
noon for morning hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i move that the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. the senate rejected two bills
today, one with daca added and one a straight government government funding bill with no wall added. >> house speaker pelosi held her weekly press conference and responded to questions on day 34 of the partial government shutdown and the president's decision to postpone the state of the union address. after she speaks, you'll hear from house republican leaders about their take on the situation. ms. pelosi: last night, the president accepted the fact that the state of the union should be at a time -- the state of the union should be at a time when we can talk about the state of the union then the government is not shut down. i'm glad we could get that off the table. i the it was -- i know it was a source of many questions. should we rent the equipment for the state of the union? should we have our families come in? it is so unimportant in the