As federal employees go back to work serving the American people this week, the full scope of damage caused by the Trump Shutdown is emerging. Non-partisan government economists said this week that the longest government shutdown in history directly cost the U.S. economy at least $11 billion, with $3 billion permanently lost due to decreased economic activity.
Nevertheless, President Trump is already threatening another shutdown in just a few weeks. House Democrats recognize the harm inflicted on American workers and families by the reckless Trump Shutdown is extensive, which is why we voted this week to give federal government workers a pay raise, lessen the lasting harm to those workers’ finances, and put Congress on the record to say that shutdowns should never occur, no matter what.
This Week’s Votes
This week, House Democrats voted to:
- H. Res. 79 — Puts Congress on record stating that shutdowns are bad policy and should never occur.
- Declares that when any or all of the government shuts down due to the failure of Congress and the President to enact appropriations bills, substantial damage is inflicted on federal employees, all Americans served by those employees, the nation’s economy, and our international reputation.
- States that shutting down the government is not an acceptable maneuver in pursuit of any policy outcome.
- Resolves that Congress must always ensure that government operations continue uninterrupted.
- H.R. 790 — Gives federal employees a much-needed pay raise.
- Reverses President Trump’s pay-freeze executive order and provides a 2.6% cost of living adjustment for federal employees.
- Reaffirms Democrats’ strong belief that public servants — civilian and military alike — deserve better than the shutdowns, furloughs, and pay freezes forced upon them by the Trump Administration.
- The Trump Shutdown caused unnecessary financial hardship on federal employees, so House Democrats voted to make sure these workers got cost of living adjustments that they have earned.
- H. Res. 77 — Encourages financial institutions to work proactively with customers affected by the Trump Shutdown to prevent lasting hardship.
- Aims to provide relief to the millions of Americans who faced short-term financial hardship and potential long-term damage to their credit history because of the unnecessary 35-day Trump Shutdown.
- Encourages financial institutions, creditors, landlords, and credit reporting agencies to work proactively to help all consumers affected during the shutdown.
- Seeks to protect families by urging financial institutions and other agencies to waive fees, cease evictions and foreclosures, and take steps to ensure that the creditworthiness of people impacted by the shutdown is not impaired