Helena, AR (January 21, 2018) -- On Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., the US government shut down after senators let a short-term funding bill expire.
Democrats refused to provide the votes needed to reopen the government until they strike a deal with President Trump protecting young immigrants from deportation, providing disaster relief and other domestic programs.
Now Republicans are playing the blame game. Congressman Rick Crawford has dodged question after question with no real answers. Moreover, Republicans claim the Democrats care more about illegal immigrants than sick, American children. If Rick Crawford truly cared about sick, American children, he would not have allowed CHIP to expire four months ago.
This government shutdown is another ploy in Trump’s delusion to show that he is unmoved by facts or reason. Republicans in the House and the Senate are playing into his hand and allowing immature power plays to dictate how they run our government to the point that it is no longer functioning.
Chintan Desai, Democratic candidate for Arkansas’s First Congressional District, demands our representative, especially Congressman Crawford, reevaluate their priorities and put a stop to the nonsense that is keeping our government from serving its people.