Woodall Statement on Senate's Inability to End Government Shutdown


Date: Jan. 24, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

Today the U.S. Senate failed to move forward with consideration of the "End The Shutdown And Secure The Border Act." This legislation would have reopened the closed portions of government, provided $5.7 billion for the border wall and border security measures, incorporated extensions for the recipients of the DACA and TPS programs, and created a new, in-country asylum procedure for people from Central America. In addition, the Senate also failed to advance the Democratic-backed counter proposal that would have reopened the government without any substantive border security funding. Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA) released the following statement:

"We've tried it both ways now in the Senate, and it is clear that work is required between the President and Congressional leaders, and we need Speaker Pelosi to come back to the table. The House passed Speaker Pelosi's version of a funding bill, the Senate rejected Senate Minority Leader Schumer's version of a funding bill, the Senate rejected the current proposal from the President, and refusing to sit at the negotiating table fails to move the ball forward. Each of us is failing at our job if we can't work together and secure our southern border and put our public servants back to work. It is my sincere hope that Speaker Pelosi comes back to the table to work for a solution that ends this shutdown and secures the southern border. Instead of pointing fingers, let's sit down and get to work."

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes significant portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He currently serves on the Rules Committee, the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and the Budget Committee.