On Monday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) suggested that “shutting down the government” would exacerbate the humanitarian crisis along Texas’ Gulf of Mexico coastline caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Jackson was presumably alluding to President Donald Trump’s recent suggestion that Republicans may need to refuse to pass a federal budget in order to procure funding for a wall along the southern border.
Last Wednesday, Trump suggested that “[closing] down our government” may be necessary to obtain congressional support for a wall along the southern border: “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”
During a brief phone interview with C-SPAN, Jackson-Lee repeatedly called for federal resources to be deployed as humanitarian aid to Texans hurt by Hurricane Harvey (emphases added), even though the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is already in Texas:
Jackson I’m gonna count on my colleagues — Republicans and Democrats — and their goodwill, to not do this to Texas, because this is a storm, a hurricane, an ocean of water that no one has ever seen before.
We need the money, now.
And the president can do us well, and do well by us. To lead the charge … to stay in Washington and to focus on not shutting down the government and making sure we get those monies. We are desperate for those monies for people who called in just a minute ago saying they need to be rescued. …
Our fiscal year ends September 30th, we do not have funding for the government. So what I’m saying is we need real leadership.
If the president does come [to Texas], I believe it is important to come with one message, one message: That is a message of unity … that there will be not one obstacle to the resources that are needed for the days to come, the months to come, the years to come.
It’s important that the president comes with the commitment to take money … and spend the money on these people. These are not people seeking a handout, they are simply seeking a hand up, and we will not survive if we do not have the federal funding. ...
So we need a message of action. It needs to be to the point; short. And a message back to Washington that we are going to hit the pavement and get these resources. ... Give us a lot more money.
Federally-subsidized housing via the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must lower eligibility criteria for applicants, added Jackson, in order to offer housing assistance to those rendered homeless by Hurricane Harvey.
Jackson-Lee will presumably attempt to take credit for federal taxpayer dollars spent on helping Texans hurt by Hurricane Harvey.
Democrats and their news media allies regularly frame a "government shutdown" as leading to a cessation of most or all of the federal government's operations.
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