Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Pushes For Trump To Reopen Government

Rob Hart
January 14, 2019 - 1:31 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Rob Hart

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- One the Chicago area's newest members of Congress is calling on President Trump to sign a bill that will end the government shutdown.

The shutdown is now the longest in American history, and social service providers said if it drags into February, agencies will start to run out of money.

Federal food stamp programs could burn through their reserve funds by the end of the month. 

"On behalf of those of us interested in the public health of our communities, we think that the government shutdown not only effects families of government workers and the workers themselves, but also the public health of the very communities in which we live," said Dr. Lee Francis, CEO of the Erie Family Health Center, in Humboldt Park.

Surrounded by advocates and representatives of community organizations that would be hurt by protracted government shutdown, newly elected Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia said he will fight to reopen the government. 

"The government cannot be used as a tool to be held hostage against people in our country who need very basic fundamental services," Garcia said. 

Garcia said the shutdown brings back memories of the two year period in which Illinois went without a budget.

"It is unfortunately, but I think that we have a responsibility to continue to work and move ahead.  I think this is clearly an instance of obstruction by the Executive Branch and a political party that has been dominated by the president," Garcia said.

He urged President Trump to sign the most recent spending bill that was passed by the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.