Volcker Alliance Issues Statement on the Longest Partial Government Shutdown in US History

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

For Immediate Release

Neilia Stephens

New York, NY (January 22, 2019) – Thomas W. Ross, President of the Volcker Alliance, released the following statement on the longest partial government shutdown in US history:

The federal government needs to be open for business to deliver on the promises made to the American people through policy passed into law by our democratic government.  We must distinguish between policy debates and policy implementation. No policy debate should deprive the American people of effective implementation of existing policies and the essential services our government provides.  The Volcker Alliance calls for government to reopen and for the agreed-upon and important tasks delegated to dedicated public servants throughout the federal government to never again be held hostage to unsettled policy debates.


The Volcker Alliance advances effective management of government to achieve results that matter to citizens. The nonpartisan Alliance works toward that objective by partnering with other organizations—academic, business, governmental, and public interest—to strengthen professional education for public service, conduct needed research on government performance, and improve the efficiency and accountability of governmental organization at the federal, state, and local levels. Visit volckeralliance.org to learn more. Follow us on social media @VolckerAlliance and subscribe to the Volcker Alliance newsletter for the latest news and developments. The Volcker Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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