Lofgren Statement on Government Shutdown

January 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement tonight after the Republican Congress failed to fund the federal government:

"As of midnight on January 20th, hundreds of thousands of Federal employees and businesses that contract with the government are furloughed until action to appropriate funds is taken. Many Federal employees and contractors that continue to work may not be paid during the shutdown. I want residents in California's 19th Congressional District to know that my offices in San Jose, CA, and Washington, D.C., will remain open and my staff and I will do everything in our power to help constituents navigate federal agencies that are being impacted by the government shutdown, and to help them get the services they need.

"It's important to note that recipients will continue to receive their Social Security and SSI checks, the mail will still be delivered, and some essential functions of government will continue – though the federal government's capacity will be greatly hampered.

"Republicans control every lever of the Federal Government. They hold the White House, as well as majorities in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Lurching from one crisis to the next, and funding the government for only weeks at a time is not legitimate governing. It is irresponsible. Allowing the far-right extremists of the Republican party to dictate the agenda of Congress and grind our government to a halt is an unacceptable dereliction of duty.

"Our President has scuttled bipartisan agreements reached in both the House and Senate. I'll do my best to help bring this sad chapter to an end by working to craft the bipartisan agreements that will bring the nation together instead of further dividing us."

Learn more about how the federal government shutdown might affect you here.

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