Engel Statement on Tonight's Government Funding Vote

Engel Statement on Tonight’s Government Funding Vote

Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement on tonight’s government funding bill which he voted YES on:

“The Trump Shutdown was the longest government shutdown in American history, and millions of American families paid dearly for it. Yes, we still need to get the federal contractors affected by the shutdown their back pay. But even more importantly, we need to make sure those same workers aren’t forced to live through another period of economic uncertainty, especially one driven by White House xenophobia.

“This bill is far from perfect, but I recognize that until we get a Democratic controlled Senate and White House, it was the best we were going to get. It avoids another unnecessary shutdown, funds the State Department, and denies the President what he insisted on having for his wall. But the bills’ flaws, which include not providing assistance to our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, not reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, and not changing the mission of ICE, cannot be ignored. All of these must be a priority for this Congress moving forward. It is my hope that this deal can bring about a larger conversation about immigration, and how this President and his Administration have twisted the very foundational nature of immigration in our country.

“Border security doesn’t mean terrorizing immigrant families through ICE raids, or tearing children from their parents and sending them to detention centers. Those vile acts run completely counter to us as a nation and must be halted immediately. Make no mistake, I will continue to watch the Administration closely. If the President ignores Congress and tries to increase immigration enforcement or detention, Democrats will hold him accountable.”