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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

U.S. Rep. Lawson Statement on Temporary Reopening of Federal Government

January 25, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to temporarily reopen the federal government after 35 days:

“I am pleased that we have reached an agreement to end this 35-day government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history. This partial shutdown has been felt across our nation and caused significant damage to America’s families, businesses and economy. We should never use our federal employees as a bargaining tool, which is why I gave up my own pay until the government reopened and all 800,000 employees were paid. While I am encouraged by the progress announced today, this is only a temporary solution. It is my hope that in these next three weeks, we can work across party lines to provide smart and effective border security measures that are in the best interest of the American people.”