DECEMBER, 14th, 2018
Contact: Eric Holl

One Week After A Promise To “Work Through Christmas” To Avert a Shutdown, Rep. Abraham Takes Five Days Off Work Without A Peep

One week after saying he wanted to “work through Christmas” to avert a government shutdown, Representative Abraham is taking five days off to come home while negotiations are stalled in Congress.

When asked about the government shutdown and border wall funding fight in a radio interview on WGSO just one week ago, Rep. Abraham said “if we need to work through Christmas, at Christmas, on Christmas, let’s get this done. Because this is the people’s money we’re dealing with. We’ve got a government shutdown looming again.”

But now, as Politico reported last night, “the House and Senate left town Thursday with no strategy to avert a partial government shutdown next week, putting Congress on the brink of an intractable conflict that could drag out through New Year’s Day — furloughing hundreds of thousands of workers and costing taxpayers millions… The House isn’t planning to return until the night of Dec. 19 — leaving only about 72 hours to reach a border wall deal that has eluded both parties for months.”

Rep. Abraham has quietly left Washington and won’t return until Wednesday. While other Republican Members of Congress have publicly protested the decision to go home with a looming shutdown, Rep. Abraham hasn’t said a word since the decision was made.

“One week ago, Rep. Abraham told the people of Louisiana he’d work through Christmas to avert a government shutdown. Now the government is set to shut down in seven days, and Rep. Abraham is taking the next five days off work to go home. Other Republicans have spoken out. Why has Rep. Abraham quietly gone along with his leadership’s call for a five-day weekend? Probably because what he said earlier this month is true—he can’t focus on his job in D.C. and run for governor at the same time,” said Eric Holl, communications director for Victory 2019, the Democratic Coordinated Campaign.



Listen To Rep. Abraham’s Remarks On The Shutdown HERE And Read A Transcript HERE

Listen To The Full Interview At WGSO’s Website HERE


Georgia Republican Rep. Austin Scott On The Border Wall Fight That Has Threatened A Shutdown: “I Wish We Were Doing It Now Rather Than Going Home.” “GOP conservatives are urging leaders to bring forward a bill with the $5 billion as soon as possible and said they’re disappointed to be leaving Washington without voting on it. “I wish we were doing it now rather than going home,” said Georgia Representative Austin Scott.” [Bloomberg, 12/13/18]

  • Ultra-Conservative Congressman Steve King On The Border Wall Fight: “We Should Act Now.”“Anti-immigration hardliner Steve King of Iowa said every day that goes by makes it more certain that Pelosi’s new Democratic majority will pass the next spending bill and will use that leverage to insert Democratic priorities in January. “That’s a bad thing,” King said. “We should act now while we still have the majority.”” [Bloomberg, 12/13/18]