Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the news that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be delaying the announced furloughs until the end of August. Earlier this year USCIS announced that a budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic would require the agency to furlough over 13,000 employees beginning August 3rd.

“Since my first term in Congress, I have always worked against furloughing federal employees and government shutdowns,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I support the USCIS’ decision to delay the furloughs until the end of August, and I am cosponsoring a bill to deliver emergency appropriations so the furloughs can be fully avoided. I urge House Leadership to immediately take this bill under consideration so we can pass it before the end of August. Our federal Citizenship and Immigration Service employees do an important job, and their jobs must be protected – particularly during this financially turbulent time due to COVID-19.”