January 16, 2019

VIDEO: In House Floor Speech, Luján Shares Story of New Mexican Family Impacted by Trump Shutdown

Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján spoke on the House floor to implore Senate Republicans to reopen the federal government for families in New Mexico who are being hurt by the Trump Shutdown. Luján highlighted the story of a constituent whose husband is a furloughed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employee and is worried about making ends meet while taking care of a child with special needs.

“New Mexicans are working tirelessly to provide for their families,” said Luján. “They do not have the luxury of ignoring their bills until the President figures out what it takes to run a government.”

Yesterday, the Congressman voted on a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 1 – giving the President and Senate GOP yet another opportunity to end the shutdown. Luján also voted last week on multiple individual Senate Republican appropriations bills to re-open all government agencies. 

The video of the Congressman’s remarks are available here, and the full text of Luján’s remarks are available below:

New Mexicans are working tirelessly to provide for their families. They do not have the luxury of ignoring their bills until the President figures out what it takes to run a government.

President Trump clearly does not understand the anxiety that comes from choosing between a mortgage payment, gas in the tank, or not being able to pay your bills at the end of the month.

I’ve heard from many in my district who are hurting because of the Trump Shutdown.

Constituents like Andrea. Her family became a one-income household after her 4-year-old son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and epilepsy.

Her husband is a furloughed USDA employee. Because of her son’s medical needs, their family has already been living paycheck-to-paycheck and the shutdown immediately put them into survival mode.

The shutdown must end. Democrats have put multiple, bipartisan plans on the table to open the government.

Madam Speaker, I implore Mitch McConnell to let the Senate vote to end this shutdown for the hundreds of thousands of families being hurt. Families just like Andrea’s.

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