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McCollum Floor Remarks Opposing GOP's Fourth Reckless Short-Term Spending Bill

January 18, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today delivered remarks on the House Floor in opposition to H.R. 195, the Republicans’ continuing resolution that kicks the can down the road on government funding while ignoring the urgent priorities of Minnesotans and Americans. Video of Congresswoman McCollum’s remarks is available here. The full text of the remarks is below:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this legislation, which ignores the urgent needs of the American people. The federal government’s fiscal year started October 1st of last year. But instead of fulfilling their responsibility to fund our government, President Trump and Republicans spent months working to pass their tax scam. Now, because they didn’t do their jobs, Republicans are asking us to vote to kick the can down the road again. That is no way to run a government.

“The American people deserve immediate action on critical issues that matter to our country. We need a budget agreement that keeps our government open, protects our national security, and meets our commitments to hardworking families.  We need to protect workers’ pensions by enacting responsible reform that will save struggling pension plans. We need to provide disaster relief to our fellow Americans who were hit hard by hurricanes and wildfires last year. We need to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program, which funds treatment and prevention programs for Native Americans. And, yes, we need to pass the DREAM Act, which protects children from President Trump’s cruel termination of DACA.

“Americans overwhelmingly support action on these priorities. But you won’t find them in this bill. Instead, Republicans have turned this CR into a tax bill for provisions that didn’t make the cut in their tax scam. And while this legislation finally reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program — which Republicans spent months blocking — it abandons our Community Health Centers, where many children receive their care. Make no mistake: this bill will cause layoffs at clinics and means that fewer people in my district and throughout Minnesota will get the care they need.

“Mr. Speaker, the Republican Party has total control in Washington. But instead of working for the American people, President Trump and his allies in Congress are ignoring them. Minnesotans and Americans deserve A Better Deal than we are getting from this Republican Congress. It is time for President Trump and the Republicans to end the chaos and work across the aisle to responsibly fund the government and address our national priorities.”