Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement on the government shutdown:
“The House is scheduled to take two votes tonight. The first will fully fund six of the seven federal spending bills causing the shutdown. The second will reopen the Department of Homeland Security for a month, giving us time to negotiate a full-year spending bill.
“These bills would end President Trump’s shutdown, which is currently harming more than 800,000 federal employees and many affiliated businesses.
“Today, 450,000 people are working without pay, including 41,000 law enforcement officers, 54,000 customs and border protection agents and 42,000 members of the Coast Guard.
“Another 380,000 federal employees have been furloughed including thousands of workers in the Departments of Transportation, HUD and Interior. And the effects of the shutdown are being felt nationwide.
“President Trump said he plans to meet with Democratic congressional leaders again tomorrow. I’m hopeful they can reach an agreement to end this impasse.
“In the meantime, the Senate should take up the appropriations bills the House will pass tonight—Agriculture; Commerce, Justice and Science; Financial Services; Interior; State and Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD; and the month-long extension for the Department of Homeland Security—and send them to the president for his signature. Let’s end this shutdown as soon as possible.”