Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reintroduce a previously approved spending bill and end the partial government shutdown.
“The exact same bill if they brought that to a vote right now, we could end this shutdown,” said Jayapal, (D) Seattle, referencing the December bill approved by the Senate which included $1.3 billion in funding for border security.
It was a definite talking point for Jayapal on Friday, as she stood with federal employees who have been furloughed or without a paycheck since the shutdown began.
Jayapal says House Democrats have passed eight other bills to end the shutdown that the Senate has refused to entertain.
“We're working 16 hours shifts, we're not getting paid, we're tired, our morale is down,” said federal prison guard Angie Tucker as she stood next to Jayapal. “Where ya at Mitch? We’re getting angry.”
Jayapal says there are 10,000 federal workers in Washington state, putting in the top 12 for states in terms of the shutdown impact.
“All because one man in the Oval Office had a little temper tantrum about a campaign promise he made," said Jayapal. "Mexico is going pay for the wall, Mexico is going to pay for the, Mexico is going to pay for the wall?”