STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN WM. LACY CLAY (D) MISSOURI REGARDING THE ONGOING TRUMP SHUTDOWN AND THE PRESIDENT’S OVAL OFFICE ADDRESS
NOTE: The following, in its entirety, is a first-person statement by Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri
"There is no emergency along our southern border, but there is a very real crisis in the Oval Office.
The prime time lies that the President told the nation tonight cannot hide the ugly truth that he owns both this shutdown and the devastating financial damage that over 800,000 federal employees will suffer to satisfy his ego and his racist campaign promise to build a wall that has absolutely nothing to do with border security.
Majority Leader McConnell should immediately end the Trump Shutdown by taking up the bipartisan spending bills that the House has just approved, which are based on the budget numbers that the U.S. Senate originally agreed to just a few short weeks ago.
The President should sign them without delay.
The American people hate the Trump Shutdown.
They don’t want a wall, and they have no intention of paying for it with their tax dollars.”