Update from DC
I write to you today with an update from Washington, DC on the continued fight to end the Trump Shutdown and get the full government working again.
But first, I ask for your help. As you may know, earlier this week, seven stickers with anti-Semitic, racist, and homophobic messages were posted around our Greenpoint neighborhood. This disgusting display of hate cannot and will not be ignored. In New York, we embrace people from all backgrounds, so I am asking that if you have any information, please contact the NYPD at 800-577-TIPS. Thank you.
This week, as the President stormed out of his meeting with Congressional leaders, the House passed four more bipartisan bills to end his shutdown and to guarantee backpay for furloughed employees. President Trump is willfully, recklessly, and single-handedly holding the American people hostage for a vanity project that the majority of Americans oppose; a border wall that won’t work, to address a made-up crisis, so that he can keep a campaign promise that wasn’t true.
Mr. Trump, and by extension Majority Leader McConnell, are hurting all Americans including the 800,000 federal workers, 14,000 of which are here in New York, who are going without their paychecks.
Food safety inspectors are off the job, we’ve seen three deaths at our National Parks because park rangers have been furloughed, and money to help families afford groceries is not being sent out. Federal funding for our subways is on hold – and that’s already having real consequences here in New York.
Just look at the L Train; the Governor has come up with a new plan for its needed repairs but there are lots of questions, including what the Federal Transit Administration thinks about it. But, we can’t call the Federal Transit Administration right now because it is shut down!
And the longer the President refuses to reopen the government, the worse it gets. I will continue to vote to reopen our government and remain firmly opposed to funding a border wall. We will not give in to a hostage-taker.
Also, importantly, earlier this week, House Democrats voted to direct the House to go to court to fight the GOP's lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As promised, we are fighting to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Our measure was rejected by all but three Republicans, so make no mistake on where the GOP stands on healthcare. It is not with the American people.
I would like to close by sharing this photo of the House Democratic Committee chairs for the 116th Congress. I am proud to be among this group and to lead the Joint Economic Committee.
As always, your concerns remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me on my website.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress