WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the overwhelming majority of Democrats voted down the Motion to Recommit H.R. 648, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, which would allow all federal employees to receive pay during the shutdown but require further action to secure the border and reopen the government:


“This is not the first, but the second time in the last week that Democrats have voted against paying our federal workers while we continue negotiating to secure our border and reopen the government.


“For weeks, Democrats have falsely attempted to pass blame to Republicans for federal workers missing their paychecks, but now Speaker Pelosi and her caucus are nowhere to be found when it comes to actually voting to pay these same workers. Just days ago, Speaker Pelosi outright rejected the President’s offer to reopen the government before she even had the chance to hear it.


“Democrats are all talk. They won’t vote to secure our border. They won’t vote to pay displaced federal workers. They’re so committed to their open-border agenda that they have repeatedly voted to deprive federal workers of their paychecks just to send a message to the President. The government has been shut down for 33 days yet Speaker Pelosi offers no solutions or paths forward. The American people deserve better.”