Hirono blames Trump’s obsession with ‘vanity wall’ for record-long shutdown

President Trump signs bill to"temporarily" end government shutdown

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii’s congressional delegation weighed in on the temporary deal to reopen the government through Feb. 15.

U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono’s office released a statement Friday shortly after Trump’s announcement saying:

"Today’s announcement is a welcome, albeit temporary, end to this unnecessary, unconscionable Trump shutdown.

Over the past 35 days, Donald Trump took hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors, and indeed the entire country, hostage – all because of his obsession with building his vanity wall. It was telling that even in announcing an end to the shutdown, Donald Trump resorted to lies and distortions to justify his vanity wall in anticipation of negotiations over the next three weeks.

While the debate continues on border security, we need to pass a bill to fully fund all government operations through the end of the fiscal year. Come February 15th, there cannot be another government shutdown.

Donald Trump has proven time and again that his word is no good and he changes his mind on a whim. It’s up to Congress to step up to its responsibility as a separate branch of government, do its job, and keep the government open."

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz took a softer stance, sympathizing with the federal workers impacted.

“I want to express my sympathy and my solidarity with all of the workers in Hawai‘i who had to go through this experience. A huge thank you must also go to Hawai‘i’s banks, credit unions, utilities, and non-profits that stepped up to help federal workers in our state. Shutdowns don’t work, and I’m hopeful that everyone has learned this lesson for the last time," Schatz said in a statement.

Taking to Twitter, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard called on lawmakers to “stay focused on what’s most important.”

President Trump also announced that federal workers would be getting back pay for the time worked.

U.S. Rep. Ed Case expressed his gratitude to the impacted federal workers and those in the community who rallied to support them.

“Like all Americans, I am relieved that this inexcusable stalemate has been suspended for three weeks. This decision comes shortly after I joined several of my colleagues in urging the House and Senate leadership to negotiate and vote on border security - if government first reopened. I only regret that this common-sense solution took so long with so much unnecessary disruption.

This continuing resolution, once it is enacted and signed into law, will give me and my colleagues breathing room to engage each other and the Administration on the issue of border security without federal workers, and millions of others, being held hostage to any specific outcome.

Over the last 35 days of this needless disruption, I voted 11 times to reopen our government. I was deeply disappointed at the impact the shutdown had on government employees and their families, as well as so many others, and I sincerely hope the hard lesson has been learned that policy disagreements should not be fought on the backs of critical federal programs and workers.”

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