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Eshoo Statement on Short-Term Government Funding Bill

January 23rd, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C— Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) released the following statement after voting against the short-term government funding bill:

“I’m relieved that the senseless shutdown of the federal government has ended, but the underlying reasons that led to it have not gone away.

“I have voted against all four Continuing Resolutions (CRs) brought before the House of Representatives because they are only stop-gap measures — not a budget which addresses the needs of my constituents and the American people. Despite complete control of the government — the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives — the majority have failed to essentially govern by not producing a budget. There’s a difference between just keeping the lights on (CRs) and having a budget, a precise road map that ultimately is a statement of our national values.

“CRs continue to take a toll on our country, damaging both our defense and domestic operations, with one-third of the non-defense domestic budget going toward national security – to veterans, homeland security, the State Department, and Justice Department counterterrorism initiatives. CRs have come to represent negligence and incompetence. Secretary of Defense Mattis said CRs “just create unpredictability … It makes us rigid. We cannot deal with new and revealing threats. We know our enemies are not standing still. So it’s about as unwise as can be.”

“The so-called governance by CRs have brought us the following:

  • Disaster funding ignored.
  • No funding for the opioid crisis which is claiming more American lives today than auto accidents.
  • Community Health Centers serving millions of Americans across our country and in my congressional district are careening toward running out of funds.
  • The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) only funded by pitting children against children by ransacking a public health fund that covers vaccinations, leaving 9 million children in the brink.
  • The critical needs of NIH, CDC, and FDA not met.

“And while not a CR issue, the 2017 decision of the President to remove the legal status of 800,000 individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children, leaving them subject to deportation, must be dealt with by Congress. Despite the 83 percent support of the American people, the Speaker of the House refuses to allow bipartisan legislation to be voted on to resolve yet another issue of urgency.

“Every issue listed enjoys bipartisan support, yet this support is neither respected nor acted upon. Continuing to run a great nation with 10, 20 or 30 day CRs, ignores our national security and domestic challenges, and is an abdication of leadership.

“The wrong kind of history has been made with the first government shutdown with one party in command of the executive and legislative branches. Now the just-passed CR gives Congress until February 8th to help restore the confidence of the American people who deserve so much more. I will give my all to help us get there.”

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