Blumenauer Statement on Government Funding Bill

January 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC--Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement:

"My vote today is the same as my vote the prior time: No. The situation today is the same as it was then, except there is one-week fewer to actually get something done.
"This legislation represents a fundamental failure on the part of Republicans to govern. This bill does next to nothing for Community Health Centers, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, our veterans, our pension systems—some of which are in a state of crisis, and the victims of natural disasters. Hundreds of thousands of people in Puerto Rico remain without power. And, most glaringly, this bill does nothing to improve the situation of two-thirds of a million Dreamers, who deserve certainty and protection but whose lives Trump’s reckless actions have turned upside down.
"The situation continues to be outrageous, and it doesn't have to be this way. The priorities I'm fighting for are broadly supported by the American public. We should be able to address them directly and quickly, but I fear that we will be in the exact same spot in three weeks."