WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) Chairman Designate of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, released the following statement after the Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a government funding package that would reopen the government and give much needed relief to the federal workers and all others who have been negatively affected by the administration’s continued decision to keep the government shutdown. This bill goes to the Senate, where it awaits further action.

“President Trump left a lump of coal in the stockings of thousands of federal workers this past holiday season by furloughing them, putting them at risk of losing their paychecks, and sowing uncertainty into their futures. I stood with the new democratic majority in the House to pass a spending bill that will reopen the federal government as its first order of business. It is our first and foremost duty to come together and govern responsibly for the American people and keep the government open and functioning,” said Bishop.