Luján Statement On President Trump’s Speech

January 19, 2019
Press Release

Santa Fe, NM – Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the President’s address:

"What the American people were expecting to see today was immediate action to open the federal government. There is no reason that 800,000 federal employees continue to be held hostage due to the President’s failed leadership. Small businesses and local governments across America are being hurt as a result of the Trump shutdown.

"Democrats have been clear from day one. We have passed many bipartisan options for Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately take up and allow for a vote on the Senate floor to open the federal government.

"Further, Democrats have been clear about a modern, effective, and smart approach to border security. That includes increased infrastructure investments at our ports of entry including additional ports and roads; advanced technology to scan for drugs, weapons and contraband where the vast majority of drugs come in to our country and advanced technology to detect unauthorized crossings; more customs personnel including filling the more than 3,000 customs and border patrol vacancies; and more immigration judges."