As shutdown ends, Missouri lawmakers call both sides to table

The federal government’s longest shutdown in history has come to an end, at least for three weeks, as President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders hash out long-term funding plans. Members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation see the shutdown through different lenses. 

The partial shutdown affected 800,000 government workers and is expected to hurt first-quarter gross domestic product, Bloomberg reports. Even with federal employees returning to work, the process of getting the government fully up and running after 35 days off could take weeks or months, The Washington Post reports.

Elected officials from Missouri were divided along party lines in their response to the shutdown. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, blamed it on Trump. “Real leaders don’t build walls, they build bridges,” Clay said. 

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, has called for Democrats to negotiate. “Democrats say they’re for stronger border security. It’s time for them to get to the table,” Blunt said. 

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, said in a tweet that Democrats now have the “chance to demonstrate that they are truly serious about securing the border.” 

Read more: Missourinet, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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