Congressman Tim Ryan Condemns Republican Government Shutdown

Washington, DC -- Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement on the failure of the Republican-controlled Congress to fund the government.

"As the clock struck midnight and we moved into the one year anniversary of President Trump's inauguration, the Republicans controlling the House, the Senate and the White House have declared their inability to keep the federal government running. Democrats remain ready and willing to work with Republicans to create a bipartisan budget agreement that will keep the government operating, stabilize Teamster and coal miner pensions on the verge of collapse, protect from deportation young children who’ve lived in the United States their whole lives, and provide funding for the opioid epidemic, children's health insurance, and community health centers.

Instead though, Republicans are choosing instead to use those vulnerable populations as bargaining chips to play politics at the expense of those who need Congress to act.

 This crisis could have been averted at any point simply by bringing one of the several bipartisan agreements up for a vote. This is a painful and needless situation entirely of the GOP's making. I hope they come to their senses quickly and work with Democrats on a responsible path forward," said Congressman Ryan.