Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, in his role as vice-chairman of the National Governors Association, is calling on Congressional leaders and President Donald Trump to prevent a partial shutdown of the federal government.
In a letter co-written with NGA President Steve Bullock, the Democratic governor of Montana, Hogan writes: “A federal shutdown is indicative of a government that is not working.”
Hogan, a Republican, and Bullock urge the president and Congressional leaders to compromise much in the way that governors must.
“Governors are not able to entrench ourselves and enter stalemates that shut down our governments,” they wrote. “States are better than that — and so too is the federal government.”
A midnight deadline is approaching to prevent a partial government shutdown. Trump has insisted he wants Congress to approve billions of dollars for a wall along the country’s southern border in order for him to sign a short-term measure that would keep the government operating.
Trump on Friday morning said in a tweet that the wall is “DESPERATELY NEEDED” and that if members of Congress — particularly Democratic senators — don’t agree to fund it, “there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time.”
Hogan and Bullock noted that if a shutdown comes to pass, it will harm “vital government services” across the country and lead to a furloughing of hundreds of thousands of federal employees.
“Governors believe in your ability to find a path out of this situation and ensure we have a federal government that works,” they wrote. “We stand ready to help in any way we can.”
The letter, sent on Friday, was addressed to Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.