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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Statement on Averted Government Shutdown, Trump Declaring National Emergency

February 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the House passed the Appropriations Conference Report to fully fund the government for FY 2019.

“I am pleased to vote for this government funding bill tonight. Government shutdowns throw our country into chaos and leave federal workers and contractors in limbo. While this conference report isn’t perfect, it’s a compromise and it’s bipartisan. That’s how Congress should work. Included in this funding is a $50 million increases in transportation funding for Connecticut, critical provisions to address the crumbling foundations crisis affecting our state, and a pay raise for federal workers. I urge the President to sign this bill so we can continue to work on real solutions for the American people.”

“The President’s decision to declare a National Emergency in order to meet a meaningless campaign promise is an extraordinary abuse of power and a damper on the bipartisan agreement that was reached. As Speaker Pelosi said, on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Parkland, we have not even addressed a true National Emergency, the epidemic of gun violence in our country.”