January 23, 2019

KENNEDY ON SHUTDOWN: "This is about an Administration that has spent two years treating the livelihood of working families as a bargaining chip."

Takes to House Floor to blast Trump's economic record before heading to food pantry for federal workers with GOP colleague

Washington, DC -- Congressman Joe Kennedy III today took to the House Floor to slam the Trump Administration's government shutdown and its ongoing impact on American workers. He framed the shutdown as part of a growing legacy of economic injustice that President Trump has inflicted on working families.

Kennedy then headed to Chef Jose Andres' kitchen for furloughed federal workers and their families to serve meals with his Republican colleague Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX).

Kennedy said: "Yes, this is about a misguided immigration fight. Yes, this is about a President who made a promise he wouldn’t keep. But at its core this is about an Administration that has spent two years treating the livelihood of working families as a bargaining chip, quickly traded away, time and again, to protect power, profit and political gain."

"Theirs is a system that asks American workers to make painful sacrifices that those in power only read about. A system where tax cuts for international corporations are paid for by Medicaid cuts for the poor. Where health care premiums skyrocket for the sick and suffering while health care industry executives reap the reward...Where profits accrue to those who have already profited and loss is borne by those who can least afford to bear it."

For a full clip of the Congressman's remarks, click here.

Kennedy has co-sponsored legislation to ensure back-pay for all federal workers impacted by the shut down, urged the Administration to act on the shutdown's harmful effect on affordable housing, and led efforts to request credit agencies take steps to ensure no long-term damage to the credit scores of impacted workers.

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For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2019 

Contact:
Dan Black (202) 225-5931