Before President Trump even signed the bill reopening the government — without any money for his border wall — Michigan officials took to Twitter on Friday.
This was the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history. As the Advance has noted, this impacted people in Michigan and across the country in many ways, including cinching agencies that handle food safety, monitoring the area around the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline, discrimination complaints and domestic violence.
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), House majority deputy whip, appeared on MSNBC and dinged Trump for taking a “defeat lap.”
I've seen a lot of Presidents take a victory lap before.
But this is the first time I've seen a President go to the Rose Garden and take a defeat lap.
— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) January 25, 2019
Other Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills), tweeted about the impacts of the shutdown on both taxpayers and workers.
I don’t have a funny quip or zinger.
This shutdown was absurd, hurtful, and destructive to every American taxpayer. And simply put, it’s no way to run a country.
We need to act so we never go back to this place again.
— Haley Stevens (@HaleyLive) January 25, 2019
“It should have never come to this. Federal workers were held hostage for more than a month; many told to come to work while not being paid,” Dingell said. “As this shutdown goes into the history books, we cannot for one second let the human face of this shutdown get lost. People were scared to death of how to pay their bills and worried that hits to their credit scores would affect background checks, security clearances and future employment. All of Congress cares about keeping our nation secure. We have a lot of work to do to regain American’s trust in their government.”
Holding federal workers’ wages hostage was wrong! First step now is to pay them asap. Next step is to make sure this never happens again.
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) January 25, 2019
The Michigan Republican Party blamed Democrats for the shutdown and tweeted to Trump, “You showed you cared.”
Thank you, @realDonaldTrump. The Democrats had several occasions to pay the 800,000 workers and most voted against it. They had they opportunity to pay the U.S. Coast Guard and wouldn't even allow a vote. You showed you care. #21Days https://t.co/MONjj0e4kQ
— Michigan GOP (@MIGOP) January 26, 2019
U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) said he supported Trump and reiterated his call to “secure our nation’s borders.”
— Rep. Paul Mitchell (@RepPaulMitchell) January 25, 2019
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), who co-sponsored legislation with Dingell to make state unemployment benefits available to federal workers, was more circumspect. He entreated both sides to “put humpty-dumpty together again” after the shutdown.
It’s long past time to open our government again. We all knew both sides were going to have to give to end this nightmare and stop the madness as the consequences grew worse by the hour. Let’s hope we can put humpty-dumpty together again in the next couple weeks.
— Fred Upton (@RepFredUpton) January 25, 2019