McCollum Opposes 17-Day Continuing Resolution
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after voting no on a 17-day continuing resolution funding the federal government through Feb. 8:
“Minnesotans get absolutely nothing from this 17-day stopgap spending bill that papers over the abject failure of President Trump and the Republican Congress to agree on a budget and pass appropriations bills. The Republican strategy of lurching from one continuing resolution to the next will continue to cause serious damage to our national security and erode the vital services that families, businesses, and communities depend upon.
“While Republicans have finally stopped blocking reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, this legislation still fails Minnesota children and families. It does nothing to extend Community Health Centers, which will now be forced to lay off staff and limit services. Until Republicans are serious about negotiating with Democrats on a budget agreement, the continuing resolution passed today will simply yield another continuing resolution — or shutdown — next month. That is a terrible deal for Minnesota.
“For the past year, President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans have wasted time on Trumpcare and their tax scam instead of working on a long-term budget deal and action on urgent national priorities. They now have until Feb. 8 to reach an agreement with Democrats on a long-term budget deal and other national priorities. With the Trump-GOP shutdown over, it is time for Republicans to end the chaos and begin to negotiate in good faith.
“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue to speak out against President Trump and the Republicans’ failure to govern responsibly. And I will continue to vote against further delay on a real budget that meets the needs of our military and upholds our commitments to the American people.”