Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on President Donald John Trump’s address to the nation:
“Eighteen days into the government shutdown, the President continues to play games with American security. The President can reopen the government tonight by supporting bipartisan funding bills that have passed the House and received overwhelming support in the Republican Senate. Instead, he continues to fabricate absurd claims that thousands of terrorists are crossing the border from Mexico, while leaving nearly one million federal workers in limbo. This isn’t leadership; it’s a ransom demand.
“Democrats agree that we need to invest in effective border security. An expensive, ineffective border wall will not meet this need.
“As the President continues to grandstand, more than 800,000 federal workers are furloughed or working without pay and our country is losing billions of dollars. Farmers, homeowners, and small businesses are without assistance; tens of millions of people stand to lose vital food assistance; and the safety and security of our national transportation network is unnecessarily being placed in jeopardy. The President has the power to stop hurting our country and end his obnoxious shutdown."