Representative Katie Porter Statement on End of Trump Shutdown

January 25, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) issued the below statement following the announcement that an agreement was reached to end the partial government shutdown:

“I’m glad that our federal employees will finally get the paychecks they earned—over 800,000 workers have suffered for far too long.

“However, as I’ve said numerous times since the shutdown began over a month ago, reopening the government will not make these federal employees and their families whole. The financial instability resulting from late fees, hits to credit scores, and having to take out expensive payday loans will not go away.

“I am committed to engaging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure our government remains open. I look forward to a robust debate about effective border security.

“On Monday, I am ready to advance the priorities of the American people: reducing the influence of big money in politics, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and fighting for our environment.”

Earlier this week, Rep. Porter released a congressional report in which she documented how unavailable government services hurt families in California’s 45th district. In her first letters as a member of Congress, she called on the country’s largest banks and credit card companies to provide help to federal employees hurt by the government shutdown.