Elaine Luria condemns President Trump’s threat to shut down the government

July 30, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH – Today, Elaine Luria released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s tweet that he is willing to shut down the government if Democrats do not vote to fund his border wall:

“A government shutdown is never acceptable and neither party—and especially the President— should play politics with the basic functioning of our government. President Trump’s willingness to shut down our government and jeopardize our military readiness so that he can fulfill a flawed campaign promise is another example of how his leadership and the extreme partisanship in Congress is failing Coastal Virginia.”

In January, Elaine Luria called on Congress to end the “reckless and unnecessary” government shutdown and pass a long-term budget, stating, “When we don’t have a long-term budget here in Hampton Roads, our military can’t plan for the future, ship maintenance falls behind, civilian workers are threatened with furloughs, and our regional economy suffers.”

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