DFA says #TrumpShutdown is a “fitting end to Trump’s utterly incompetent 1st year”
Spurred on by an immigration crisis created by Donald Trump and tonight's failed Senate vote, Republicans forced the shutdown of the U.S. government despite having unified control of the U.S. House, Senate, and the White House.
Statement about tonight’s launch of the #TrumpShutdown from Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain:
“It’s hard to imagine a more fitting end to Donald Trump’s utterly incompetent first year in office than a government shutdown brought on by his attempt to take Dreamers hostage in his effort to destroy immigrant families and build an $18 billion monument to racism on our southern border.
“Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House and the fact that they can’t get a budget passed means they own every single second of this government shutdown. If Republicans need Democratic votes to pass their budget, they need to craft one that reflects Democratic priorities including a clean DREAM Act.
“It’s time for the President and Congressional Republicans to fix the crisis they created and stop playing games with the government simply because Democrats refuse to cave to their racist demands.” -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
In the days ahead, Democracy for America members will be working to hold Republican congressional leaders accountable for their role in the #TrumpShutdown and thanking congressional Democrats for fighting to protect Dreamers with protest and rally actions at home and in Washington.
And, regardless of when the #TrumpShutdown ends, to help deliver a #BlueWave of inclusive populist victories in November, DFA members will be committing to pledge an hour of volunteer time for each day the #TrumpShutdown continues.
In 2013, a similar effort during another Republican government shutdown, yielded more than 174,800 volunteer hours pledged (representing nearly 5.25 volunteer million calls) from DFA members ahead of the 2014 midterms.