Rush Statement on House Passage of Yet Another Short-Term Government Funding Resolution

Jan 22, 2018
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).

“Since Congressional Republicans gained the majority, it has become clear to the American people that they cannot govern effectively.  The passage of this, the fourth continuing resolution, is proof of their incompetence. 

“As I have said before, we are here because Republicans — who control the House, the Senate, and the White House — were unable to pass a full-year government spending bill in 2017.  They are doing nothing but, once again, kicking the can down the road because their conference is consumed with confusion and chaos and are led by a President who has been on ‘Executive Time’ and refuses to engage honestly with Democrats. 

“Make no mistake about it, this funding legislation is filled with insufficiencies that do not address the priorities of the American people.  The CR still does not adequately fund Community Health Centers, permanently reauthorize CHIP, address the opioid epidemic, or provide help to the DREAMers counting on DACA to protect their futures. 

“Why should we trust Republican leadership to act on DACA?  Why should we trust Republican leadership to provide long term health care to children?  Why should we trust Republican leadership to address an ongoing health crisis?  Why should we trust Republican leadership to do what is in the interest of our families’ futures?  They have all but proven themselves to be dishonest brokers time and time again. 

“That is why I voted NO.  These priorities must be fully addressed and resolved because that is what the American people sent us here to do.  Accordingly, I will continue to join my Democratic colleagues to fight for these principles and ensure that they are enacted.”