In December, President Trump said he would be “proud” to shut down the government, but the damage done to our country by his record-long 35-day government shutdown is nothing to be proud of. I was proud to work with a bipartisan group of Senators on an agreement to reopen the government, and, on January 24th, I joined a group of Senators from both parties on the Senate floor to call for a solution. Together, we introduced an amendment to reopen the government for three weeks -- providing level funding with no gimmicks and giving us the space to hammer out a long-term solution. The next day, the President announced his support for our framework. The legislation we passed finally ended the shutdown, put our 800,000 federal workers back to work with back-pay, and allowed Congress and the President to move forward with negotiations. Right now, I’m working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come to an agreement to keep our government open.

Thank you to everyone who shared their stories and reached out to urge an end to the shutdown. Your voices truly made a difference and helped us reopen the government.

Chris Van Hollen