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McCollum Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution to Keep the Government Open

September 21, 2021
Press Release
H.R. 5305 funds the federal government through December 3, 2021

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 5305, the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act:

“Today, House Democrats passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through December 3, 2021, ensuring uninterrupted operations of the U.S. government. Disappointingly and somewhat shockingly, every House Republican voted to shut down the government. Because this bill included an increase in the debt ceiling to finance expenditures already incurred by the federal government, Republicans knowingly voted to default on the U.S. government’s fiscal obligations – which would undoubtedly have catastrophic consequences for our economy and millions of American families.

“As our nation continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Democrats are united in supporting American families, by ensuring continued federal funding for education, health care, housing, public safety programs, public health protections, and more. Additionally, the climate crisis has exacerbated extreme weather events like Hurricane Ida, recent wildfires, severe droughts, and winter storms. This bill provides critical funding to help survivors, small businesses, and local communities – as well as $895 million for Navy and Air Force installation repairs related to these storms.

“This bill also provides funding to meet the humanitarian needs of Afghan evacuees who loyally assisted the United States during the war in Afghanistan. We must honor our commitments to them and to their families. By including an additional $6.3 billion in funding, we will continue to deliver humanitarian assistance to the region while also supporting temporary housing, security screening, and the long-term resettlement of Afghan evacuees here in the United States. I call on Senate Republicans to work with our Senate Democratic colleagues in passing this critical Continuing Resolution as swiftly as possible.”