WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Friday released the following statement after President Trump and Congressional leaders agreed to a three-week continuing resolution to reopen the government, which has been shut down for 35 days. 

“Well, that was pointless. The president got the shutdown he always wanted, dragged it out by refusing to accept reality, and hurt hundreds of thousands of civil servants and their families. All for nothing,” said Murphy. “I hope this weekend Republicans in Congress will promise each other not to let President Trump do this to us again.” 

Today marks the 35th day that the federal government has been partially shut down. As of January 12th, it has been the longest government shutdown in history. Nine federal agencies have been shut down since December 22nd, 2018 with about 800,000 federal workers, 1,500 of whom work or reside in Connecticut, either furloughed or working without pay.