Below is the text of Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s 1-minute speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in response to the ongoing government shutdown:
I rise today in opposition to the occupant of the White House. Mr. Trump, you took an oath just as I did 5 days ago, to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people. Sir, you dishonor that oath. You devalue the life of the immigrant, the worker and the survivor. I see right through you and so do the American people.
This has nothing to do with border security. Your shut down, another Trump generated crisis, has brought a tsunami of hurt. So, I rise today to lift the voices of the unheard. I rise today on behalf of the families concerned about feeding their children because their WIC benefits will run dry.