Press Release

Rep. Cuellar: Trump Shutdown Threat over Border Wall Funding is ‘Irresponsible’

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Washington, April 24, 2017 | Victoria Glynn | comments

In response to threats from President Trump to shut down the government if Congress will not approve funds to build a fence on our southern border, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) said:  

“President Trump is threatening to shut down the government if he doesn’t get to build his symbolic border wall. He wants to cut things like education, transportation, and health care, to fund his pet project.

Now that he is facing bipartisan opposition to this irresponsible plan, he wants to punish the American people by shutting down the government. President Trump should be leading the nation, and encouraging investment in border security measures that actually work.”

Rep. Cuellar has been a consistent advocate for smart, effective border security measures in his role on the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee. His district includes 280 miles of U.S.-Mexico border.

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