Yesterday, the 116th Congress was sworn in — and I was deeply inspired to see photos across Twitter of our new Representatives and Senators being sworn in. This incoming class is the most diverse and includes the most women in our country’s history. Finally, our government is beginning to better reflect the people it represents. Progress.
Now, Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds the gavel — and she didn’t waste a single moment getting right to work. One of the House’s first orders of business was to vote on legislation to reopen the government — without any funding for Trump’s hateful, ineffective border wall.
It’s day 14 of the government shutdown, and Trump seems to be ignoring the public outrage over his choice. Instead, he has doubled down on his threats to veto any funding bill that doesn’t include money for the border wall.
That’s two weeks of uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of federal workers and government contractors, who are being used as a bargaining chip.
That’s two weeks fighting over $5 billion in taxpayer dollars that could be invested in domestic priorities like infrastructure, health care, and fighting climate change.
This November, Americans overwhelmingly elected the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history. Now is not the time to give in to Trump’s outrageous demands. Now is the time to fight harder than ever for our values.