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.
A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet Trump's demands for $5 billion for a Mexican border wall.
By Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly and Zeke Miller
Dec 22, 2018 at 12:04 AM
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.”