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Foster, Lipinski react to temporary end of government shutdown

A sign notifies visitors the closure of the Midweek National Tallgrass Prairie on  Jan. 7 in Wilmington.
A sign notifies visitors the closure of the Midweek National Tallgrass Prairie on Jan. 7 in Wilmington.

President Donald Trump announced a short-term deal with congressional Democrats to temporarily reopen the federal government on Friday.

The deal ends a record 35-day shutdown and is good for three weeks, while the two sides continue to negotiate over Trump’s demand for money for some sort of barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

About 800,000 federal workers across the country were either furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown.

Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, released a statement after news broke of the temporary deal.

“Finally, this needless, harmful shutdown is coming to an end,” Lipinski said in the statement. “Thank you to all the federal employees who have suffered through it, especially those who have continued to come to work every day to protect us, despite not getting paid.”

Lipinski also called for all sides to sit down and fund government operations for the rest of the year. He also addressed the issue of border security, which was at the heart of the shutdown in the first place.

“Border security is critical, and we should agree on a common-sense plan,” Lipinski said. “The president and House and Senate leadership can’t wait until we come to the brink again in three weeks and can’t shut down the government again. The American people deserve much, much better.”

Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, also released a statement, saying “on behalf of all the hardworking families and 800,000 federal workers who were hurt by this shutdown, I would like to express relief that we have finally found a temporary solution to reopen the government.”

Foster called the shutdown “useless,” and it “accomplished nothing except provoking economic hardship, anxiety and uncertainty in the lives of hardworking Americans.”

Foster called on the president and Congressional Republicans to “make sure they do not inflict more harm on hardworking families after the three-week deadline passes.” He also added a critique of Trump, saying he failed to strike a deal.

“He simply agreed to support essentially the same legislation that Congress passed over one month ago,” Foster said. “We now need to get to work to pass a long-term funding solution that does not waste taxpayer money on a useless border wall.”

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