Heinrich: New Mexicans Are Paying The Price For Longest Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 14, 2019) — As President Trump’s shutdown becomes the longest in American history, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) shared some of the stories he’s received from New Mexicans who have been adversely impacted by the shutdown. According to public data, over 10,000 federal workers in New Mexico have been impacted by the shutdown, many of whom are furloughed or working without pay.

“New Mexicans are paying the price for the longest government shutdown in American history because President Trump refuses to stop holding our federal workers and basic government services hostage to his political gamesmanship,” said Senator Heinrich. “Since the shutdown began, I have heard from hundreds of New Mexicans about the harm it is causing them and their families. Their stories emphasize what’s at stake.

“I am doing everything within my power to urge the president to end the shutdown without delay. New Mexicans, and all Americans, deserve so much better than this.”

Yesterday, Senator Heinrich joined U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in writing an Op-Ed in the Albuquerque Journalabout the shutdown’s impacts in New Mexico. Both senators continue to urge President Trump and Senate Republicans to stop holding the government hostage and end the shutdown immediately. 

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