WASHINGTON - Upon President Donald Trump's Jan. 25 announcement to reopen the federal government until mid-February, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-2nd) issued the following:
"I am so happy that a deal has been reached to end the shutdown and reopen the government. Now it is our job to work together and find compromise in a bipartisan way so that the American people do not suffer again.
"I am pleased that my idea to appoint a panel of border security experts to determine how much should be spent and on which improvements was used as part of the solution. But most importantly, I am happy that the American federal workers and Coast Guard can receive the back pay they are owed.
"I will continue to do all I can to work together with my fellow Representatives for the betterment of the American people and the people of South Jersey."