Shea-Porter Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) this morning released the following statement after very reluctantly voting ‘yes’ on the bipartisan, long-term budget agreement:
“House Republicans’ long and damaging budget process has revealed a sad truth – Washington Republicans do not know how to govern. By voting no on House Republicans’ wholly inadequate short-term funding bills, Democrats were ultimately successful in addressing the critical middle class American priorities that Congressional Republicans for months used as pawns to forward their partisan agenda.
“These budgeting decisions are made even more difficult now that Congressional Republicans increased the debt by at least $1.5 trillion to give tax breaks to the richest. This compromise agreement does not include everything it should. For example, although the bill contained desperately needed funding to combat the deadly opioid epidemic that is devastating New Hampshire communities, more funding is needed. But this bill does provide critical funding for veterans, for children and seniors, for disaster relief, for infrastructure, and for college affordability, among other priorities.
“This bill did not address the plight of the Dreamers, young people who came to this country as children. Donald Trump manufactured a crisis by deciding to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. They are our neighbors, classmates, friends, and family. They are veterans and servicemembers. They are college students and scientists conducting cutting-edge research. And now they are afraid because this administration is threatening to deport them.
“This Republican Congress must do what is right. We must allow these young people to stay. Twice in the last month, two different bipartisan groups of Senators brought compromise legislation to the President. And each time, he rejected it, despite prior pledges that Dreamers would have ‘nothing to worry about.’ Speaker Ryan has said he won’t put a bill on the floor without the President’s approval. This is the people’s house, not Donald Trump’s, and we have one simple request: do the right thing and allow the American people a vote. It sickens me that House leadership is denying Members of Congress from both parties a vote on the floor because they know it will pass. I will keep demanding action to protect these innocent people.”