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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

U.S. Rep. Lawson Statement on the Government Shutdown

January 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL05) released the following statement regarding the government shutdown:

“As the government shutdown enters its third week, President Trump’s attempt to hold the federal government hostage in exchange for an expensive border wall is alarming. When we returned to Congress earlier this week, the House passed legislation to end the shutdown and reopen the government. His decision is forcing 800,000 federal employees to live under a cloud of uncertainty as they wait for their next paychecks. Individuals who live paycheck-to-paycheck now have the financial burden of not knowing how they will put food on their tables, pay their rent or mortgage, or tackle other monthly expenses. Now is not the time to deny these hardworking citizens what they have earned. We must come to a resolution that will meet the needs of the American people and respect our workers.”