Release: Schweikert Signs On To Letter Encouraging Government Shutdown

February 01, 2022


February 1, 2022

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Release: Schweikert Signs On To Letter Encouraging Government Shutdown

PHOENIX - Last week news broke that more than two dozen Republicans in Congress have signed on to a draft letter to House Minority Leader McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader McConnell stating the members "refuse to consider supporting any federal government funding vehicle, be it a continuing resolution or an omnibus appropriations measure, that funds the enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandates at any level of government." One of the signers of this letter is David Schweikert. Government funding runs out on February 18. This puts lawmakers on the record, showing that they would rather hold the government hostage over vaccine requirements than get things done. 

The Democratic chairs and Republican ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees said they are negotiating omnibus funding legislation to meet the funding deadline. While Republicans do not have the votes to block a government funding measure in the House, 10 Senate Republicans would have to join Democrats to overcome a filibuster in the Senate to pass a funding bill.

Ginger Sykes Torres made the following statement: 

“A clear distinction between myself and David Schweikert is leadership. Representation matters and he is simply choosing to ignore his constituents. His cavalier attitude is dangerous and hurts thousands of people. Once again, Schweikert has chosen to obstruct rather than legislate. He is apparently more willing to shut our government down, hurting thousands of people and damaging the economy, in order to score political points. 

“The mandate issues that are being litigated in the courts should play out there. Congress should responsibly allocate and secure our funding in the meantime without delay. When I am elected, these charades will end and we’ll get back to the business of governing for the people.”

A full list of members signing the letter appears to include Rep. David Schweikert, Rep. Chip Roy, Rep. Rand Paul, Rep. Scott Perry, Rep. Warren Davidson, Boebert, Rep. Bob Good, Rep. Dan Bishop, Rep. Andy Biggs, Rep. Jody Hice, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Mary Miller, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Alex Mooney, Rep. Matt Rosendale, Rep. Ralph Norman, Rep. Bill Posey, Rep. Clay Higgins, Rep. Randy Weber, Rep. Andrew Clyde, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Russ Fulcher, Rep. Thomas Massie, Rep. Barry Moore, Rep. Brian Mast, Rep. Troy Nehls, Rep. Michael Cloud.


More about Ginger Sykes Torres: 

Born on the Navajo Nation in Tuba City and raised in Mesa, Ginger Sykes Torres is Diné (Navajo). Ginger went on to graduate from Stanford University with a degree in the Earth Systems Science Program. 

Ginger is a proven leader in some of Arizona's most prominent community and arts organizations. Ginger serves on the Board of Trustees at the Heard Museum, the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona, and the Board of Directors of Valley Leadership. Ginger was instrumental in the creation of Ballet Arizona’s Tribal Nations Advisory Council which aims to explore ways to engage local Native communities in Native dance and ballet. She is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader. 

In 2020, Ginger co-founded the grassroots COVID Relief Group PPE for Navajo First Responders and was named to Valley Leadership’s Ready Together Program to help find innovative ways to make an impact in Arizona’s response to COVID-19. 

Ginger and her husband, attorney Javier Torres, live in Congressional District 1 and have three young children.