Feb 12 2019
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the deal reached to avert another government shutdown:
“I strongly support the agreement reached last night to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avoid another dangerous government shutdown. I think the compromise is fair and reasonable and helps move us past the budget gridlock of the past couple months. I applaud the Senate and House appropriations leaders who rolled up their sleeves and reached an agreement.
“The two sticking points – funding for a border wall and the number of detention beds – were resolved in an evenhanded way. The $1.375 billion for fencing in Texas is equal to last year’s funding level and will be used in high-traffic areas. The 40,520 detention beds is also equal to last year’s level, and represents a good compromise between Democratic and Republican positions.
“What we’ve learned over the past two months is that shutting down the government for political ends can’t continue. These government shutdowns are dangerous: they’re dangerous to our communities, for our families and for the economy.
“We continue to see the harm done from the last shutdown. It took a huge toll on family finances across the country, with 800,000 federal workers unpaid and countless contractors who may never be compensated. It took a toll on our parkland, where hallmarks of the American environment like the Joshua tree were damaged because federal workers weren’t on the scene. Small businesses were hurt, even our skies were less safe as TSA agents and air traffic controllers stopped coming to work.
“The resolution against government shutdowns that I introduced with Senator Collins sends a clear message: The Senate should reject any future use of a government shutdown as a negotiating tactic and never resort to a shutdown again. It’s not what we were sent to Washington to do and it’s not how we should run our government.”