Today the House voted 231-188 to approve another Continuing Resolution to keep the government open. Nobody wants to see the government shut down but at the same time most of us want to see a government that actually functions and passes a real budget for more than just a few months at a time.
Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter lashed out at the partisan Republican bill in a brief statement.
“Today I refused to accept House Republicans’ irresponsible and pitiful excuse for a government funding bill. After securing a tax giveaway for billionaires and big corporations, Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and President Donald Trump decided to run away from the responsibilities that come with governing by kicking the can down the road yet again, while failing to address the need for predictable funding for the military, children’s health insurance, community health centers, veterans’ health care, the opioid epidemic fight, and for disaster relief. House Republicans already gave themselves a three-month extension on funding the government, for which I voted yes, and then gave themselves another two weeks – but this uncertainty cannot continue indefinitely. It makes it impossible for our military and for critical government agencies to do their jobs.
“Today’s Continuing Resolution did not:
- Restore long-term funding for CHIP, community health centers, and other critical health care programs;
- Deliver urgently needed resources for communities fighting the deadly opioid epidemic;
- Provide desperately needed disaster recovery funding for Americans who continue to suffer in Puerto Rico; or
- Preserve the Bipartisan Budget Act agreement that any spending increase must be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts.
“Congress also failed to protect young people currently facing unfair deportation by including the bipartisan DREAM Act. I am appalled that House Republicans have yet again chosen to run away from their fiscal responsibilities to this country. They are neglecting the basic functions of government that their constituents erroneously trusted them to perform.”
After the House passed the measure, the Senate voted 66-32 to approve the Continuing Resolution. Both New Hampshire Senators voted to approve the Resolution but had stern words of admonishment for their Republican collages who to address other major issues like Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or the DREAM act.
“While I’m very relieved that Congress has temporarily avoided a government shutdown, I’m disappointed that Republican leadership in both the Senate and House refuse to prioritize a long-term, bipartisan bill to responsibly fund the government,” said Senator Shaheen. “Short-term patches like this keep the lights on but don’t give federal agencies the foresight they need to properly serve the American people. When Congress returns in January, bipartisan efforts will be critical in producing a long-term funding bill that also provides the resources our first responders and treatment providers desperately need to fight the opioid epidemic. I also remain tremendously concerned about the expiration of the Children’s Health Insurance and Community Health Centers programs and the lack of progress on legislation to protect DREAMers. These are all issues that will demand the immediate attention of Congress in the new year and require Republican leadership to set aside this tremendously damaging brinkmanship.”
“I voted in favor of a short-term funding bill in order to keep the government open and ensure that the American people can access the services they depend on,” said Senator Hassan. “However, I am disappointed that Washington Republicans’ focus on passing a backward tax bill to benefit corporate special interests and the ultra-wealthy prevented Congress from passing a long-term funding bill that supports critical priorities in a responsible way. We need to come together to provide significant additional funding to combat the opioid crisis, to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers, to protect Dreamers, and to support vital law enforcement agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and DEA. I urge my Republican colleagues to begin to work with us in a bipartisan way to address these priorities as quickly as possible in the new year.”