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Johnson Statement on Short Term Agreement to End Partial Government Shutdown

Washington, January 25, 2019 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951)
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after President Trump announced an agreement to re-open the portions of the government that are shut down for three weeks while negotiators work out a larger long-term deal:

Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after President Trump announced an agreement to re-open the portions of the government that are shut down for three weeks while negotiators work out a larger long-term deal:

President Trump’s announcement to re-open the part of the federal government that is shut down represents a step in the right direction. However, the main sticking point on funding for selective physical barriers on our southern border still remains. I am hopeful this bipartisan group will seize this opportunity to work together to reach a deal whereby Americans get both border security and a federal government that works for them.  It is clear that if a good faith agreement cannot be reached over the next three weeks that contains money for real border security, President Trump will have only one option left – and that is to declare a national emergency on the southern border.  It’s important that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and their Democrat colleagues come to the table and negotiate in good faith.  Americans want a secure border...if not now, when?

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