Week 5 of the partial government shutdown has brought hard times for many who have been furloughed or are working without paychecks. It has also brought Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. King fought in his life for racial equality and an end to racial discrimination in all its forms—including economic discrimination. Today, we’re doing our best to commemorate this aspect of his legacy by fighting for economic justice.
The federal government has been shut down since December 22, the longestfederal shutdown in history. The federal government still has money, but without a budget that says how to allocate that money, it can’t operate. Trump refuses to sign any federal budget that does not include funding for a border wall, and he has made very clear that he is willing to shut the government down until he gets what he wants. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are now missing paychecks, national parks are getting trashed, and the economy is taking hits. Even beer is not safe!
On January 3, the brand-new, Democatic-led, more female, 116th Congress opened with the introduction of House Resolution 1, the “For the People Act.” A sweeping set of reforms that target corruption in government, the private sector, and the lobbying industry, HR1 has the potential to overhaul how business is done in our nation’s capital.