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February 11, 2016
Press Release

“I find incredible suggestions by House Republicans that they will defy decades of precedent and refuse to hold a hearing on President Obama’s final budget request. Disagreements about policy priorities are part of the political process, but refusing to even engage with the Administration significantly limits Congress’s ability to effectively fund the federal government.

“President Obama’s request calls on Congress to make the investments a great country must make and lays out a comprehensive blueprint to reduce our long-term deficits. The proposal includes robust funding for urgent needs, such as rebuilding our crumbling transportation infrastructure and stopping the spread of the Zika virus epidemic; it also increases support for forward-looking priorities, including science and technology research and initiatives to lift millions out of the crippling cycle of poverty.

“This balanced proposal deserves the full consideration of the Congress, and I urge House Republicans to answer the Administration’s requests for a hearing.”