I was very disappointed to see the misleading cartoon on your Jan. 17 editorial page. The cartoon falsely implies that Congresswoman Pelosi ignored government workers while on vacation in Hawaii.
What the cartoon does not say is that Pelosi’s trip occurred before she was Speaker of the House. It ignores the fact that, at that time, she had no authority to bring legislation before the House for a vote. There is no mention of the multiple bills she did pass in the House after she became Speaker that would have reopened the government, but that these bills were never brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote by Senator McConnell.
At the same time, it also ignores the role of President Trump in causing the shutdown with no mention of how he flip-flopped and suddenly rejected a compromise he had previously said he would accept.
In short, the cartoon completely misrepresents the cause of the disastrous government shutdown that just ended.
Editor’s note: This letter originally appeared in the January 31st edition of the Central Virginian, and has been reposted here, with the authors’ permission.
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