WASHINGTON, D.C. – After more than a month, the partial government shutdown is over.
On Friday, President Trump agreed to a short-term spending bill to reopen the government through mid-February, giving lawmakers time to discuss increasing border security.
Senator Susan Collins says she’s looking forward to working with both sides over the next three weeks to reach a compromise and prevent another shutdown, something the Republican lawmaker says should never be used in the first place.
“We do need to put into place some kind of mechanism so that the threat of a shutdown cannot be used as a weapon by either republicans or democrats,” said Sen. Collins. “No matter who is in control of Congress, no matter who is in the White House, a shutdown is never an appropriate means of achieving a goal.”
Senator Collins says federal workers should receive back-pay for their work during the shutdown by early next week.
Senator Angus King released a statement on social media Friday, saying the end of the shutdown is a win for federal workers across the country, including those in Maine.
The Independent senator says he’s focused on finding a solution to the border control issue, one that makes sense and works for Mainers, so that “we shouldn’t have to go through this nonsense of a shutdown again.”
Representative Jared Golden seemed to share the same sentiment, calling the shutdown a “preventable catastrophe” in a statement released Friday.
The Democratic congressman added that it’s now time to get to work, saying “Congress needs to put actions behind its words.”