WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the below statement on the president’s announcement of a deal to reopen the government.
“I stand with the 800,000 American workers, including more than 10,000 Washingtonians, who have been impacted by the shutdown and thank them for their work every day to protect and support U.S. communities. These Americans should not be forced to work in fear of missing a paycheck. More than half of Americans say they live paycheck-to-paycheck. This government shutdown has put these employees and their families in a tough spot of choosing between their job and putting food on the table.”
“Congress is set to reopen the government, put Americans back to work and ensure they receive the back pay to which they are entitled. Then Congress and the president can work on a border security compromise. While I am frustrated this is only a three-week deal, it does put Americans back to work.”
“I thank everyone who came out to my three town halls, called and wrote to my office over the last month to discuss the shutdown and to share thoughts on border security. I am holding additional town halls soon and encourage people to attend and continue the conversation about shutdown and what need to be done to avoid them in the future.”