Congresswoman Elaine Luria Sends Letter to Speaker Pelosi Urging Compromise to End Shutdown

January 24, 2019
Press Release
Letter Includes Signatures from 29 Fellow House Members

WASHINGTON – Leading a group of 29 fellow House members, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi proposing Congress immediately reopen government and initiate a transparent legislative process on border security.

“This Congress didn’t cause the shutdown, but it’s our job to fix it. I’m proud to lead an effort to get 800,000 people back to work and find common ground,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Effective governing should not result in winners and losers. Our job is to do the most good for the most people. We feel this proposal would gain support across the aisle, allow a transparent process, and encourage much-needed reforms to our immigration system.”

Signed by a variety of House Democrats, the letter calls for reopening government, debate in House committees, and ultimately a vote on a border security funding package by the end of February.

The step-by-step process would allow Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership and border security experts to explain to Congress exactly how funds would be used and whether the proposed expenditures would have the reported results presented by the President.

The letter calls for an open process that would allow House members to offer amendments to address current gaps in protections for DREAMers; those enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS); and those under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

The intent of the letter is to propose a good-faith timeline so Congress can see the facts, debate them in appropriate committees, and vote on evidence-based proposals toward the bipartisan goal of improved border security.

The letter can be seen here.