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Ranking Member Price Issues Statement on House Vote to End Trump Shutdown

January 22, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Jan 22, 2018) – On Monday, January 22, Congressman David Price (D-NC), Ranking Member on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the House approved a three-week continuing resolution by a vote of 266-150.   

“I am voting against the latest continuing resolution because it addresses none of the issues that brought us to the current shutdown and that are likely to do so again.

Despite controlling the House, the Senate, and the presidency, Republicans have failed spectacularly to govern, allowing the basic functions of government to fall into disarray. In September, facing the beginning of a new fiscal year, they asked for 90 more days to get the budget together. While I had urged that this basic task be addressed months earlier, I voted for their 90-day continuing resolution in the hope that we could conclude a bipartisan agreement on defense and nondefense spending that would let us write and pass twelve workable appropriations bills—as we have for the past four years.

Ninety days came and went. Republicans squandered that opportunity, for two basic reasons. First, they were preoccupied with passing their tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Americans and couldn’t be bothered with the basic tasks of governance. Secondly, they continued to defer to their obstructionist Tea Party faction, which stood in the way of a bipartisan budget agreement. And President Trump did not lift a finger. So I, along with other Democrats, said enough is enough! We will vote for no more continuing resolutions without assurances that we are not merely delaying another month, or two weeks, or whatever, but are moving toward a realistic budget that addresses our country’s basic needs.

In the meantime, President Trump recklessly ended the DACA program, putting the futures of 800,000 Dreamers—young people brought here as children, who have known no other country—at risk. The President asked Congress to come up with a bipartisan solution to fix the problem he created. But when a solution was proposed, he blew it up. He reneged on his promises, leaving these young people with no protection from deportation and no guarantee their lives would not be disrupted.  This placed the Dreamers squarely in the middle of the shutdown battle.

My colleagues in the Senate have been given some assurances of a vote on an immigration package that includes DACA. But no such assurances have been made in the House, and the President continues to belittle attempts at compromise. Unfortunately, today’s continuing resolution does nothing to resolve the situation.

We have known all along that the Trump Shutdown was completely avoidable. Rather than working with Democrats to support bipartisan solutions that lead to a responsible budget, protect Dreamers, and fund community health centers, disaster recovery, and other critical needs, President Trump and Republican leaders have once again demonstrated their inability to lead, neglecting the responsibilities entrusted to them and failing to carry out the basic functions of government.”