Rush Statement on House Passage of Short-Term Government Funding Legislation

Dec 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement on the passage of the Republican short-term government funding legislation (also known as the Continuing Resolution, or CR).
“For the second day in a row, Congressional Republicans have deliberately neglected the American people.  Their focus continues to be on padding the pockets of the one percent and corporations at the expense of everyday Americans.  This short-term spending bill does nothing to tackle the list of critical, overdue priorities bearing down on the American people.
“This hollow, irresponsible, and weak short-term CR leaves children at risk, does not protect DREAMers, and denies adequate funding for the resources our veterans desperately need. Congressional Republicans have abdicated the obligation of everyone in government, to fight for the least amongst us.
“Democrats asked for and encouraged bipartisanship and Republicans refused them.  In doing so, they have left many Americans facing additional uncertainty.  Their careless conduct only strengthens my resolve in continuing to fight and advocate for access to health care by supporting critical funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers (CHCs), defending DREAMers by supporting passage of the DREAM Act, and working on behalf of veterans who are facing a dire shortfall at the VA.
“I wish the same energy that Congressional Republicans put in to celebrating their tax bill was put into the basic responsibilities of governing and meeting the needs of the American people.”