04:03 AM

For Immediate Release

House Rejects President’s Demands to Fund Needless, Damaging Border Wall

The House of Representatives passed a bill today that would end a government shutdown over President Trump’s demand that Americans pay for his ill-conceived wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill would put federal workers back to work and reopen government services. Federal employees play a vital role in the conservation and recovery of wildlife and their habitat nationwide.

Robert Dewey, Vice President of Government Relations, Defenders of Wildlife, issued this statement:

“House Democratic leaders have taken responsible action to reopen the federal government, without giving in to President Trump’s demands to build more, expensive, destructive and unnecessary border wall. Now it’s up to the Senate. The Senate must act in the nation’s interest in funding our government, while standing strong against the president’s demands for more border wall funding.”

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