Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Short-Term Government Funding Legislation

Jan 18, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement on the Republican short-term government funding legislation (also known as the Continuing Resolution, or CR).

“It is clear that Congressional Republicans cannot govern and are unwilling to work in a bipartisan manner to address the overdue priorities of the American people.  This is the fourth short-term CR Republicans have brought forward in this fiscal year without consulting with Democrats.  The deficiencies in their ability to act in the best interest of citizens highlight their gross incompetence.

“I find it particularly telling that the GOP-controlled House was able to successfully push through an unpopular tax bill that stacked the deck for the privileged, powerful, and well-connected but ran away from actually addressing the needs of the middle-class. 

“Republicans hold the House, the Senate, and the White House but have done nothing but let the American people down.  They have reduced this country to chaos, ineptitude, and uncertainty.

“The Republican Short-Term Continuing Resolution fails to permanently reauthorize CHIP, neglects to adequately fund Community Health Centers, and provides no help to DREAMers counting on DACA to protect their futures.  Republicans are doing nothing but kicking the can down the road because they lack leadership.  

“That is why I voted NO.  The Republicans must come to the table with real solutions to face the increasingly urgent issues facing the American people.  I remain committed to fighting for health investments, children’s health care, and protecting the future of DREAMers.”