Statement from Rep. Peter DeFazio on the Continuing Resolution
Rep. Peter DeFazio today released the following statement on the stop-gap funding measure proposed by House Republicans to fund the federal government through February 16, 2018:
“This Continuing Resolution is the fourth short-term extension to fund the federal government in nearly four months. There is no way that we can efficiently run our country on a month-to-month budget—it is not only reckless, it undermines the confidence the American people have in their own Congress.
“Republicans control Congress and the White House. Instead of tackling the country’s most pressing problems, leaders spend time bickering amongst themselves and lurching from short-term fix to short-term fix. Meanwhile, counties and cities across the United States are left without the resources they need to plan for critical road and bridge construction and repair projects and vital social and nutritional programs are underfunded.
“This spending bill fails to fund critical health programs that have gone unfunded since September 2017. It also allows cuts to Medicaid funding for safety net hospitals in Oregon and across the country, which care primarily for low-income and uninsured patients—a loss of more than $2.5 million for Oregon hospitals. Furthermore, the bill does nothing to fund Community Health Centers, which serve 30,000 individuals in Lane County alone.
“The bill would withhold authorized funding for transportation and infrastructure, preventing $1.2 billion from going to investments in federal highways, public transit, and highway safety.
“We must find a bipartisan solution that fully funds both our government and critical safety net programs that protect our nation’s seniors, service members, and families. I am appalled that Republican leadership continues to ignore responsible solutions to our budget problems, focusing instead on winning cheap political points at the expense of federal workers and a functioning federal government. I urge my Republican colleagues to put forth a real, bipartisan solution to fully fund the government.”