The emotional and economic impact of the government shutdown will not be erased with today's news. There is
no guarantee that the President won't play politics with Americans' lives again. There are difficult issues facing our country that needed to be addressed and solved in a bipartisan manner. Holding the American people hostage during the debate is not the right thing.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stood her ground. She remained committed to fighting for our families. She understood that our health and safety and a fully functioning government is the top priority of elected officials.
JAC has supported the Speaker since the first time she ran for Congress, in 1976. There were 19 women elected to Congress that year. Today, 126 women serve with her. She has been a mentor and role model for women in public service.
Leading Congress in this polarized time is a great challenge. Speaker Pelosi was not prepared to allow Congress to turn its back on Democrats - and Republicans - who were counting on the government to act in their best interests.
According to a CBS news poll,
70 percent of Americans opposed the government shutdown. Nevertheless Trump, with support from his party, allowed it to continue for 35 days.
Pollster Mark Mellman described this as
a "radical disjuncture" between what people want and what our democracy gives them. The 2018 election was an important step toward reversing this trend. Twenty-nine districts that Trump won turned blue. But we still have a long way to go.
Congress reflects the will of the people, which is expressed solely at the ballot box. Elections matter and, as we witnessed, have consequences.
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