Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Statement on Fifth Stop-Gap CR
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) released the following statement regarding today’s budget agreement, the fifth stop-gap, short term Continuing Resolution, and the second government shutdown in the past month.
“I voted no this morning on the Republicans’ fifth stop-gap, short term Continuing Resolution, which came amid their second government shutdown in the past month, because I could not in good conscience support such dysfunctional governance and because I stand with our Dreamers.
“I thoroughly support increased funding for critically needed domestic programs such as extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program for 10 years and providing $80 billion in disaster relief funding, $7 billion for Community Health Centers, $6 billion in opioid and mental health treatment funding, and $20 billion for infrastructure needs – including highways, waterways. I could not, however, agree to a budget proposal that lacked any commitment from Speaker Ryan to bring a vote on DACA. He doesn’t need to support it, he simply needs to allow a vote on the House floor. But he has failed to fulfill his basic duty out of fear of or fealty to the most radical and irrational arm of his party and our xenophobic President.
“The vast majority of Americans want a path forward for Dreamers. It’s time for Ryan to live up to the responsibilities that come with the title of Speaker of the House and call for a vote on DACA. I am hopeful that he will do what is right in the next few weeks, and that I can cast my vote in favor of the final budget bill.”