FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2019

CONTACT: Priyal Amin; press@turnoutpac.org

Progressive Turnout Project Denounces Mitch McConnell’s NO Vote to End the Longest Shutdown in U.S. History
Progressive Turnout Project Executive Director Alex Morgan released the following statement regarding McConnell’s NO vote on Schumer Amendment to H.R. 268, to reopen the federal government:

“The federal government has been shut down for 34 days and today Mitch McConnell willfully chose to let the shutdown continue and withhold pay from more than 800,000 hardworking Americans,” said Alex Morgan, Executive Director of Progressive Turnout Project. “Today, McConnell voted against the Schumer Amendment to H.R. 268, a clean funding bill that already passed the House and would reopen the government, sending hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors back to work and restoring federal services to all Americans.”

“In the hours before the vote, Progressive Turnout Project sent text messages to voters across the state, encouraging them to pick up the phone, call McConnell’s Washington office, and ask him to support the clean funding bill.”

“The American people are hurting, our economy is slowly grinding to a halt, and our national security is at risk. It’s time for McConnell and Senate Republicans to stop treating the lives and well-being of their constituents as a bargaining chip for an expensive and unnecessary border wall.”

“Democrats have been at the table, passing bipartisan budget bills that previously received support from Democratic and Republican leadership during the last Congress.”

“The solution is simple—pass a clean funding bill, send hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work, and then negotiate additional border security. The lives of the Americans people are not a bargaining chip.”

“As Senator McConnell continues to keep the government shut down over petty partisan politics, there are more than 6,000 Kentuckians who will miss another paycheck this week.”

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Progressive Turnout Project is a grassroots-funded political action committee with a single mission: get Democrats to the polls. PTP designs, tests, and executes specialized voter-turnout programs targeting inconsistent Democratic voters in the most competitive districts across the country. Since its inception in 2015, the organization has raised more than $26 million with a supporter base of over 3 million and invested in voter-turnout programs in 130 congressional races.