House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the ongoing partial government shutdown has caused “serious damage” and blamed Republicans and the Trump administration for the current events.
Pelosi argued that federal workers are faced with vulnerability and uncertainty, such as credit score damages, missed mortgage payments, and said that they will continue to suffer psychological and financial burdens if the shutdown is not ended soon.
“We’re doing serious damage to our country, totally unnecessarily. The president and the Republicans either do not notice or do not care about the real effects of this shutdown on real people,” she said. “They say, ‘oh, you’ll get paid later’. Well, they have to pay their bills on time and not sometime later.”
The shutdown has been going on for over 30 days with hundreds of thousands of federal workers not receiving their paychecks, The Hill reported.
Pelosi noted she’s heard from Americans concerned about potentially losing access to food stamp benefits and subsidized housing. She also said it could be detrimental to national security.
“This week, FBI agents released a report warning of dire effects of the shutdown on nearly every aspect of their work. They write we don’t have funds to get drugs and guns off the street and to prosecute the violent gang and drug traffickers,” Pelosi said.
“We aren’t able to take child sexual exploitation cases to grand juries to seek indictments and warrants in order to get our most violent offenders arrested. We have no funds to pay sources that provide cybersecurity intelligence to protect the country against our foreign adversaries,” she concluded.