DC Update: Shutdown Over
The Trump Shutdown, the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history, is finally over. The President capitulated and agreed to the same deal he rejected late last year but the damage his shutdown caused will not be repaired overnight.
800,000 federal employees and thousands more federal contractors went 35 days without a paycheck. Coast Guard members, air traffic controllers, TSA agents, FBI agents, and many others who live paycheck to paycheck were forced to go to food banks and pawn their personal belongings just to get by. Vital government services were shutdown or put at risk. This Trump Shutdown was a human tragedy and a national embarrassment and we can’t afford to go through it again.
I hope the President now knows holding the country hostage for his demands for an outdated and ineffective border wall will not work. Our country and our people can’t afford another one of these.
While much of the attention this past week was rightly focused on this Trump and McConnell manufactured crisis, House Democrats refused to let Trump’s Shutdown derail the work that we promised the American people we would get done.
This week, the House passed, with a bipartisan vote, a bill to block President Trump from withdrawing from NATO.
On Wednesday, I introduced the Census IDEA Act to block the citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 Census. Including the citizenship question is a near guarantee that we will end up with an undercount of immigrant communities. With this anti-immigrant Administration in charge, census experts fear that immigrants and their families – documented and undocumented – will be too scared to answer the questionnaire. But the data from the Census affects the very core of our democracy by dictating how we decide representation in every level of government. We cannot allow it to be manipulated for partisan political purposes. The Census IDEA Act will help make sure the data collected is accurate and truly representative of the makeup of our country and keep the citizenship question out of the 2020 Census.
I can now also announce my committee assignments for the 116th Congress. As I mentioned previously, I will be serving as the Vice Chair and top House Democrat on the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). The JEC is a committee comprised of both House Members and Senators who are tasked with informing Congress’ actions on economic issues, including on economic inequality, the gender pay gap, wages, the cost of climate change, and economic challenges facing Americans including prescription drug prices and student loans.
I will also once again be a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. On the Financial Services Committee I will serve as Chair of the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets and member of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance. On the Oversight Committee, I will serve as a member on the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
With a Democratic majority in the House, we have a real opportunity to restore accountability to government and advance an agenda that protects the rights of, and expands opportunity for, all Americans. We must take advantage of this moment in history and I intend to use these Committee assignments to ensure that we do.
As always, your concerns remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to reach out via my website.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress