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MFV welcomes 116th Congress, amid government shutdown

01.03.2019

For Immediate Release
January 3, 2019
Contact: Karina Martinez at karinam@mifamiliavota.org

MFV welcomes 116th Congress, amid government shutdown

Washington D.C. – As a partial government shutdown continues, the new Congress convenes with Democrats taking a majority control of the House.

Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota released the following statement:

“For the first time, a new Congress will be sworn in during a government shutdown, a wasteful political ploy by the White House that demonstrates the need for balance of power that we are now witnessing. Voters, with record participation from the Latino community, decided to shift the House to Democratic control, and our community will continue to  hold Congress and the administration accountable.

“President Trump remains defiant in his demands for a futile $5.6 billion southern border wall, but we expect our Congress to collaboratively reopen the government without any concessions on border wall funding. Instead of worrying about whether the president will sign a bill to end the shutdown, the Senate should agree to the House proposal and override Trump’s veto, if he decides to reject the compromise and prolong this latest government crisis he created.

“The humanitarian crisis that we are experiencing on the border requires solutions based on American values and congress must uphold those values while pursuing solutions to aid migrants and refugees seeking relief in our country.

“Voters made clear choices during elections and Congress has the responsibility to us, their constituents to work on our priorities. Mi Familia Vota urges our community to remain civically engaged and make certain that their representatives are properly representing them in Congress.”

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.