Resolution Calling for End of the Partial Government Shutdown

Adopted at the 87th Winter Meeting: Executive Committee in 2019

  • WHEREAS, the current shutdown began on December 23, 2018 and is now the longest shutdown in United States history;

    WHEREAS, as Mayors, we are witnessing firsthand how the prolonged shutdown is harming both local businesses and economies and is straining the resources of social service providers;

    WHEREAS, roughly 800,000 federal workers-many of whom are federal contractors with no prospect of back-pay-are currently furloughed;

    WHEREAS, 300,000 federal workers serving in critical roles with the TSA, Secret Service, and courts, are being forced to work without pay;

    WHEREAS, Federal workers at affected agencies have now missed two paychecks-forcing many to forgo paying rent, bills, healthcare, and other essentials;

    WHEREAS, critical programs such as food assistance for hungry families and affordable housing will begin to run out in March;

    WHEREAS, the Department of Housing and Urban Development failed to renew over 1,000 contracts for housing support, and Section 8 vouchers are not being funded-threatening thousands of Americans with the risk of eviction;

    WHEREAS, the shutdown is causing irreparable damage to our national parks;

    WHEREAS, the Senate passed a funding bill to keep the government open without border wall funding in December 2018, and the House has since passed the same bill;

    WHEREAS, Mayors support effective and efficient border security measures,

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Congress must immediately pass, and the president must sign, legislation to reopen the government.

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