Vets Band Together to Urge Congress to Find ‘Common Ground’ With Trump and End the Government Shutdown

Six veteran groups joined together to hold a press conference to urge Congress to work together with President Donald Trump to end the partial government shutdown.

This comes during the shutdown as the president continues to feud with top Democrats over his proposed $5.7 billion for a border wall and congressional Democrats refusing to provide any funding for the construction.

The partial shutdown is affecting 800,000 federal employees and is harming at least 150,000 veterans who are under agencies affected, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

During the joint press conference — conducted by the “Big Six,” which includes the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Veterans, The American Legion, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Vietnam Veterans of America — veterans called on Congress and the Trump administration to find “common ground” and end the shutdown.

The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, B.J. Lawrence, said, “We do not want anyone to miss a second check.” He added, “Enough is enough; it’s got to end.”

“We ask the president and the Congress to get together, get your act together and get this situation resolved,” national commander of American Veterans Regis Riley said.

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“They need to find some common ground,” Riley said. “These [workers] need to get paid. Get your act together and get this resolved.”

As IJR News reported, as the U.S. Coast Guard is not getting paid, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said they “should be paid for their service and sacrifice to this nation” and she’s working to push for Congress and the White House to pass a bill that would include funding for the Coast Guard.


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