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Come and Read It Report: Schumer Shutdown

Jan 22, 2018

Dear Texans,

We are now on day three of the Schumer Shutdown, and Americans should make no mistake; the Democrats in Washington are choosing to put illegal immigration ahead of the needs of our nation.

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have shown their true colors and illustrated no understanding of the real-life implications of their motives. It is not the Minority Leadership that are bearing the fallout of such a reckless decision, but rather everyday Americans. Our servicemen and women fight for our freedom around the globe, only to have the Democrats turn their backs. As the representative for Fort Hood, let me tell you what the Democrats are purposely leaving out when they tell you this shutdown is for the greater good:

  • Military personnel continue to work with no pay and no guarantee of retroactive pay. Military families make enormous sacrifices each and every day, they should not face further uncertainty over whether their next paycheck will arrive, or if the resources they rely upon will be available.  
  • Prepaid activities for military children have been canceled. A military parent should not have to explain to their children that their recreational activities on the base have been cancelled, because the Federal Government closed their gymnasium.
  • Commissaries and exchanges on base for military families are closed or are operating with limited hours. For military families with a fixed income, the commissaries and exchanges are critically important. While the uncertainty of their next paycheck looms, these families should not have these resources shuttered.

Democrats have ignored the wellbeing of our service members and their families through this reckless shutdown, and the thing is, there isn't anything in this bill that they don't like. They are indisputably opposing a bill that they don't actually oppose at all. This liberal outburst is a dereliction of duty, and I urge my colleagues across the aisle to stand up to their ringleaders, and reverse course before they further risk the lives of those who protect and serve our great nation. I pray they quickly rethink their priorities and begin fighting as hard for America as they are for illegal immigration.

In God we trust,

Roger Williams

Member of Congress