Smucker Statement on Announcement to Reopen the Federal Government

January 25, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement to reopen the federal government and continue discussions on border security funding:

“I am glad the federal government is going to reopen and our 800,000 furloughed workers will be paid. As I’ve said before, shutting down our government isn’t an effective way to legislate. That’s why I introduced a bill to prevent shutdowns from happening in the first place and why I’m pushing budget reform in the House.

“Over the next few weeks, we have a great opportunity to address border security. Walls work. They’re a critical part of the solution for our immigration problem. We need a wall to keep our borders safe and lessen the drugs flowing into our country over our Southern border.

"Democrats have said they are willing to discuss our border security, including physical barriers – that’s a promising sign. I hope they make good on their word. We need to solve this problem because it’s our job. The American people are counting on us.”