(Washington, DC) On behalf of the 500 African American mayors throughout the United States, Oliver Gilbert, III, Mayor of Miami Gardens, FL and President of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA), released the following statement on the ongoing federal government shutdown:
“The impacts of the federal government shutdown are felt by citizens in every state across America, especially, the four out of five Americans living paycheck to paycheck. In addition, many of our most vulnerable citizens are losing access to important federal programs that provide essential nutrition assistance, farming support, housing assistance, and child care. hese challenges directly impact the ability of everyday Americans to provide for their families, and to have access to resources to support local businesses in cities across the country.
“My colleague mayors and I also share new concerns that national parks in our backyards are filling with trash, and unpaid TSA workers are calling out sick in order to seek paid employment – affecting the security of each and every one of us. Accordingly, we urge President Trump to consider the health, safety, and prosperity of all Americans by working with Congress to end this shutdown immediately.”