‘IS THIS THE ART OF THE DEAL?’ – CUOMO:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued the following statement after the announcement of the reopening of the federal government: “Is this what you call the art of the deal? Federal workers are not political pawns and a shutdown is not a winning negotiating strategy. We can’t do this again in three weeks.”
Earlier that day, the governor had demanded President Trump reopen the government as flights were being halted at LaGuardia Airport due to reduced Air Traffic Control staffing under the federal government shutdown. The governor’s comments came after he issued a letter to President Trump demanding that he end the federal government shutdown in the face of the growing threat to airport security, warning that the reduction in services and personnel at airports was putting the safety of air travel in jeopardy.
Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) also released a statement after the announcement of a deal to end the shutdown: “While I am glad the president finally capitulated, he should never have closed down the government in the first place. For 35 days hundreds of thousands of families across the country suffered without pay and vital government services were either shut down or put at risk because the president and Mitch Mc- Connell refused to agree to a bipartisan deal to keep our government open. I am hopeful we can pass this agreement immediately and reopen the government, however, as we’ve learned with this president, nothing is final until a bill is signed into law. We are in this mess because the president changed his mind after the Senate unanimously passed a very similar bill at the end of December. This now needs to be the end of the Trump Shutdown era. Our country and our people can’t afford another one of these.”
Congress Member Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, also weighed in on the tentative three week spending bill: “For the last 35 days, 800,000 federal employees have been held hostage by President Trump, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and House Republicans over their refusal to do their most basic duty, which is to fund the government. President Trump’s reckless demand for a border wall in exchange for reopening the government created unnecessary confusion and fear for our federal employees and the American people. Democrats support smart border security measures, but a medieval wall on the US-Mexico border is an outdated mode of thinking from the president. I look forward to the government reopening and hope the president will negotiate in good faith in the coming weeks.”