Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, voted against the fourth consecutive stopgap spending bill for this fiscal year.
“While I’m never in favor of shutting down the government, the majority has got to stop limping along with these irresponsible bills,” DeGette said. “Since the new budget year began on October 1, 2017, the Republican majority has been funding the government by short-term continuing resolutions. This is political malpractice.”
The bill also does not include a provision extending protections for people in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, additional funding to fight the opioid epidemic, an extension of lapsed federal support for community health centers, or disaster relief for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, among many other critical funding needs.
“It is encouraging that Senate Republican leadership has pledged to consider bipartisan legislation on DACA,” DeGette noted. “Americans must hold Congress to this promise. We have to provide lasting protection and a path to citizenship for the nearly 800,000 Dreamers in this country and turn our energies in earnest to bipartisan efforts to fix our broken immigration system.”
The Congresswoman added that the “GOP cannot continue to fund the government 3 or 4 weeks at a time – it is legislative malpractice. With the Republicans controlling the White House, the Senate and the House, that is no one’s fault but their own.
“While I voted against the stopgap spending bill, it passed in the House – so now we have three more weeks of funding and three more weeks of fighting back. I’m urging you to keep making phone calls and writing letters. They truly make a difference.”
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