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Congressman Price Issues Statement on Short-Term Government Spending Agreement

December 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Dec. 21, 2017) – On Thursday, December 21, Congressman David Price (D-NC) issued the following statement upon House passage of a short-term Continuing Resolution. Congressman Price is a senior member on the Appropriations Committee, serving as ranking democrat on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations subcommittee, as well as on the Homeland Security and State and Foreign Operations subcommittees.

“This week, rather than working with Democrats to craft an overdue 2018 budget and address a number of other crises facing our country, President Trump and Congressional Republicans passed a tax plan that adds $1.5 trillion to the national debt, explodes healthcare premiums and the ranks of uninsured, and raises taxes on 86 million middle class families. Now, months into the current fiscal year, Congress faces a deadline to pass a spending agreement or face the consequences of an immediate government shutdown. It does not have to be this way. Year-end chaos is not pre-ordained; it is a function of a Republican majority that continues to cater to the most extreme elements of its caucus.

This afternoon, House Republicans passed a short-term Continuing Resolution, funding the government for just a few weeks, while doing nothing to address the growing list of urgent matters facing the American people. Despite controlling the House, the Senate, and the White House, Republicans have done nothing to lift the cloud of uncertainty looming over DREAMers, veterans, children and working families, and communities fighting the opioid epidemic. Additionally, their plan does nothing to lift the arbitrary spending caps that threaten our national and economic security and impede critical investments in housing, infrastructure, research and innovation – the types of investments a great nation must make. As long as my colleagues in the majority continue to ignore these major issues and put off funding critical investments, I cannot vote to support these short-term measures. Instead, I call upon Republican leaders to work cooperatively to address the broad range of bipartisan priorities that could be resolved with a simple up-or-down vote on the floor of the House.”

  • Keeping the government open: Despite President Trump stating earlier this year that “our country needs a good shutdown,” Democrats remain committed to keeping the government open.
  • Pass the bipartisan DREAM Act: Congress must vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act before the end of the year. Hundreds of thousands of DREAMers will lose their status and face the risk of deportation in the coming weeks unless Congress acts.
  • Raise the caps: We must be committed to lifting the austerity caps placed on defense and nondefense programs that threaten the long term security and economic well-being of our nation.
  • CHIP and Community Health Centers: Democrats are calling for an immediate reauthorization of these vital initiatives, without Republican-sponsored offsets that would steal from the health care of other children. Unless these programs are funded, millions of children will go uninsured and hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians will lose access to care.
  • Funding for the opioid epidemic: Congress must give communities the resources they need to fight the opioid epidemic, which is inflicting a brutal daily toll on Americans in every corner of the country.
  • Additional veterans funding: Democrats are urging Republicans to join us to provide urgently needed resources to veterans facing a dire shortfall at the VA, meeting our responsibility to ensure no veteran is left behind or denied the care and opportunities they deserve upon return from the battlefield.
  • Saving Americans’ endangered pensions: Millions of hard-working Americans’ pensions are at risk, and Democrats are calling for bipartisan action to enact a responsible reform plan that ensures these workers receive the benefits they were promised.