Columbia, S.C. – U.S. House Majority James E. Clyburn made this statement today in response to President Trump’s address:

“Until the President releases his hostages – federal workers and the American people – there will be no negotiation. End the shutdown now, and we can consider how a compromise giving lasting protections for Dreamers and TPS recipients may lead to a deal on border security. Democrats have voted nine times to reopen the government and these bills are awaiting action by Senate Leader McConnell. Enact one of these measures, which have previously received bipartisan support, and open the government immediately. Then we can discuss a solution that provides Dreamers and TPS recipients long-term protections and supports border security through improved infrastructure and manpower at ports of entry and smart technology like drones, radars and sensors.”