Shea-Porter to Speaker Ryan: Undermining bipartisan budget agreement is a breach of trust
WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today sent the following letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, following press reports that House Republican leadership is considering walking back commitments enacted by the bipartisan FY2018 funding agreements:
Dear Speaker Ryan:
I write to express my significant concerns with recent reports that House Republican leadership is engaged in back-room discussions with Trump Administration officials seeking to undermine the recent bipartisan compromises that resulted in the Bipartisan Budget Act (P.L. 115-123) and the FY2018 Omnibus (P.L. 115-141).
It was through these agreements that Congress finally provided the U.S. Government with funding for the remainder of FY2018 – nearly six months late. This unnecessary and irresponsible delay has been widely attributed to the Republican leadership’s preoccupation with the partisan pursuit of a tax giveaway to the wealthy and corporations. This obsession persisted while the need to address spending caps and subsequent appropriations legislation was neglected. This neglect did not end until months into the current fiscal year.
Congressional Republicans, despite controlling the House, the Senate, and the White House, required the support of Congressional Democrats in order to overcome infighting within the Republican Conference; and the Democratic Caucus met its responsibilities by coming to the negotiating table in good faith. The results of these negotiations were far from perfect, a sentiment shared by many Democrats and Republicans alike, but they did represent an acceptable compromise.
It is deeply troubling to learn that House Republican leadership and the Trump Administration are in the process of crafting legislation to walk back from the compromise agreed (and enacted into law) less than one month ago. The White House’s attempt, via its legislative director, to describe this effort as part a “promise to be fiscally responsible” is belied by the $1.5 to $2 trillion looting of the Treasury enacted via the recent tax scam legislation. In reality, this is yet another irresponsible attempt to placate an extreme partisan fringe at the expense of responsible governing.
Abandoning the FY2018 commitments in this way represents a serious breach of trust, which will only serve to make future compromise more difficult. I urge you to abandon these partisan efforts.
Member of Congress