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Ranking Member Price Issues Statement on Ongoing Trump Shutdown

January 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Jan 20, 2018) – On Saturday, January 20, Congressman David Price (D-NC) released the following statement on the status of the ongoing government shutdown. Congressman Price serves as Ranking Member on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.

“President Trump has spent the past year dividing Americans and neglecting the responsibilities of his office, and now he has shut the government down on the anniversary of his inauguration. For years we’ve heard Donald Trump boast about his deal-making abilities and yet he is unable to carry out the basic functions of government, despite Republicans controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress.

After spending months ignoring the need to assemble the 2018 budget, as well as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the status of Dreamers, and a number of other national priorities, in order to pass massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, President Trump and Republican leadership have now left millions furloughed.

We are three-and-a-half months into the fiscal year without a budget, and Republicans are proposing to lurch along another month, with no commitment to address critical investments. I will not be a party to further delay.

We know what Republicans must do to get a year-long budget in place, because we’ve done it each of the last four years. We need a bipartisan budget agreement to adjust the top-line numbers so we can pass our twelve appropriations bills.

Democrats have been willing to enter such an agreement for at least the last six months. I am the ranking Democrat on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations subcommittee, and my Republican Chairman and I could write our bill in a matter of hours if we had such an agreement. But to get there, Republican leaders need to reject their Tea Party extremists and conclude a budget agreement across the aisle.

I will support a continuing resolution that moves us toward such an agreement, but not one that offers only further irresponsible evasion and delay.

We must also be assured of progress toward resolving the status of Dreamers, the 800,000 young people who were brought here as children and have known no other country. President Trump created a crisis in removing the Dreamers’ protected status. He asked Congress to devise a long-term solution, but last week blew up that bipartisan proposal, leaving the Dreamers dangerously exposed.

This emergency joins CHIP, funding for community health centers, the opioid epidemic, and disaster recovery on a list of urgent priorities. A resolution of the Trump shutdown can and must put us on the path of dealing with these pressing needs.”