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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Floor Remarks on Republicans' Continued Failure to Govern Responsibly

January 17, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor on January 17, 2018 in opposition to Republican plans to introduce another continuing resolution for federal spending (video of Congresswoman McCollum's remarks is available here): 

Mr. Speaker, the Republican Party has total control of Washington. Yet instead of fulfilling their responsibility to fund the government, President Trump and the Republicans wasted the last four months on their tax scam. Because they haven’t done their jobs, Republicans now tell us that we need to kick the can down the road again.

Minnesotans and Americans deserve better. We need a budget deal that keeps our government open, protects our national security, and meets our commitments to hardworking families. We need to reauthorize our Community Health Centers, which otherwise will be forced to lay off health care workers. We need to protect workers’ retirement by enacting responsible pension reform. And yes, we must pass the DREAM Act.

There is bipartisan support for these priorities. The only thing standing in the way is Republicans’ failure to govern responsibly. Mr. Speaker, it is time for President Trump and the Republicans to end the chaos and instead work across the aisle to meet the urgent needs of the American people.