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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act

February 9, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act passed by Congress overnight:

“My job in Congress is to responsibly fund the federal government, not shut it down. The Bipartisan Budget Act ends four months of Republican negligence and stalling that has hurt our military and prevented federal agencies from meeting the needs of the American people. My vote last night supports education, environmental protection, and public safety, prevents layoffs at our Community Health Centers, extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and devotes new resources to the opioid epidemic and veterans’ health care. As a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I strongly believe that this is the best budget agreement Democrats could have reached to advance the priorities of the Minnesota families I represent.

“President Donald Trump’s decision to put Dreamers at risk of deportation has been linked to the federal budget process, largely by Democrats. I disagree with this approach, a lose-lose strategy that only hurts Dreamers and millions of Americans who count on a fully functioning federal government. President Trump is responsible for taking Dreamers hostage and House Speaker Paul Ryan has an obligation to allow Congress a vote to protect them. I am committed to protecting all immigrants – Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status recipients, and refugees – from the Trump administration’s cruel and bigoted actions.

“My vote for the Bipartisan Budget Act reflects my commitment to critical investments in  the priorities of the Minnesota families that I represent and, at the same time, to fight President Trump’s destructive immigration policies.”