Democratic and Republican Governors sign letter calling for end of possible shutdown
As President Donald Trump appears ready to shutdown the federal government if he doesn’t get the necessary funding to build his precious wall, members of his own party are lining up to urge him to end the foolishness and work with Congress to avoid an unnecessary shutdown.
“Governors compromise everyday…and it is not a choice, but rather a necessity to ensure that the citizens we serve in our states – the same ones you represent on the national level – have access to the basic functions that allow them lead good lives,” stated Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan and Montana Democratic Governor Steve Bullock, in a bipartisan letter to congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.
The two governors serve as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Governors Association, and both stated that a federal shutdown is indicative of a government that is not working.
“Governors are not able to entrench ourselves and other stalemates that shut down our governments. States are better than that – and so too is the federal government.”
The pending partial shutdown could effect thousands of federal employees, many of them living within the Maryland/D.C. corridor – which makes up the fifth most populous region of federal employees with roughly 147,000 federal employees. And if Congress does not pass legislation that is signed by President Trump by later today, funding will run out for federal agencies that do not have agreements in place by midnight. However, despite a possible government shutdown come midnight, the Maryland Department of Labor announced earlier this week that the state stands ready to efficiently process unemployment insurance claims from impacted federal workers.
Governor Hogan, who has been a frequent critic of this President, issued his own statement on the possible shutdown earlier this week, where he stated that is “unacceptable to punish hardworking federal employees because Washington can’t get its act together”. The moderate Republican Governor who recently became only the second republican governor to win re-election in the state’s long and storied history, said that it’s time for our political leaders to end the dysfunction that continues to consume Washington, and come together to find common sense solutions instead of threatening to shut down the government. “Enough is enough,” said Hogan.
The governor also issued a state proclamation giving state employees an extra day off for the Christmas holiday, by declaring Monday – Christmas Eve – a state holiday.
“Since this year Christmas falls on Tuesday and is a state holiday, I am also declaring this Christmas Eve as a holiday so that our hard-working employees can spend more time enjoying the holidays with their loved ones,” said Governor Hogan. “This is just another way we can show our appreciation to our dedicated state workers.”
Under this declaration, December 24, 2018 will be treated like any other state-employee holiday.