For nearly a week the U.S. government has been operating on a partial shutdown due to a breakdown in negotiations between President Trump and Congress. Unfortunately, political grandstanding has become all too common in Washington, DC at the expense of smart policy and effective governing. This is no way to run the country.
Currently, several federal services are impacted by this shutdown, including the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, State and Transportation, and agencies like the Food and Drug Administration. The result is many government services are halted or reduced and hundreds of thousands of federal workers are furloughed or working without pay just as many families are gathering to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year.
Women and young children in the United States and around the world depend on the nutrition, health care, housing and other critical services funded by these agencies. 1,000 Days calls on the Trump Administration and Congress to end the political gamesmanship and reopen the federal government. It is our hope and expectation that the new Congress will find ways to work in a bipartisan manner and fund critical government programs that support the health and well-being of young children and their families.