WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the House Republican passage of the fourth short-term spending in nearly as many months, in lieu of a permanent budget fix:
“The majority has made a mockery of our legislative process. We just voted on the fourth continuing resolution in nearly four months. This makes no sense. It is no way to govern.
“Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House, and—still—they’re scrambling at the last minute to piece together a patchwork budget that does nothing for the American people. It does nothing but kick the can down the road for another month. It ignores the real challenges we face.
“Once again, we watched Republicans put in the bare minimum. They denied relief for the 1.5 million Dreamers whose future hangs in the balance. They squashed the hopes of the 122 young people who lose their status each day we wait on a DACA fix. They turned their backs on the people suffering from our nation’s rampant opioid epidemic. They told kids who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program that their best interests don’t matter by ignoring our need for a permanent CHIP fix.
“I refuse to substitute one family’s pain for another’s gain. This is more than just a spending decision—it is about the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. It is about the soul of our country. And our country deserves so much better than this.”