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171 House Democrats to Trump: Keep Government Open, Include Bipartisan Priorities

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Washington, January 18, 2018 | comments

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), joined by 168 House colleagues, today sent a letter to President Trump expressing their support for keeping the federal government open while pressing for the inclusion of urgent bipartisan priorities in any funding resolution.

“Mr. President, it is clear that your budget priorities and ours are in significant conflict.  However, there are many bipartisan priorities that we can swiftly deliver for the good of the American people, in addition to keeping government open without interruption,” wrote the legislators.

These priorities include:  

  • Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;
  • Delivering urgently needed resources for communities fighting the deadly opioid epidemic;
  • Rescuing our heroic veterans who are facing a dire shortfall at the VA;
  • Protecting Dreamers, whom you have publicly supported, by passing the Dream Act;
  • Supporting access to health care by providing critical funding for CHIP and CHCs;
  • Preserving Americans’ endangered pensions by enacting a responsible reform plan;
  • Providing additional disaster recovery funding for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida, and states impacted by wildfires.

“If we can’t agree,” wrote the members, “your party has the majority in the House and Senate to pass your own funding resolution. But that will be a bill we cannot support.”

The text of the letter follows:

Current signers (171): Welch, Hoyer, Clyburn, Crowley, Yarmuth, Lowey, Cicilline, Jeffries, Chu, Velázquez, Perlmutter, Kilmer, Hanabusa, Lieu, Huffman, Beyer, Shea-Porter, Schakowsky, Carolyn Maloney, Raskin, Lujan Grisham, Clarke, Soto, Krishnamoorthi, Sires, Kildee, Evans, Swalwell, McGovern, Doyle, Pingree, Slaughter, Tonko, Cummings, Doggett, Frankel, Susan Davis, Garamendi, Lawrence, Butterfield, Lee, Cuellar, Moore, Higgins, Cleaver, Meeks, Correa, Cohen, Castor, Wilson, Pocan, Dingell, Lynch, Jayapal, Vela, Lofgren, Price, Torres, Bonamici, Engel, Norcross, Adam Smith, Richmond, McCollum, Luján, Himes, Neal, Schiff, DeSaulnier, Costa, Matsui, Pascrell, Cárdenas, Eshoo, Speier, Espaillat, Bobby Scott, Quigley, Meng, Tsongas, Anthony Brown, Clark, Walz, Kuster, Khanna, Sewell, Vargas, DeLauro, Tim Ryan, Sánchez, Titus, Jackson Lee, Rice, Langevin, Crist, Sarbanes, Plaskett, Hastings, Bishop, Ellison, Napolitano, Beatty, Pallone, Lowenthal, Watson Coleman, Nolan, Moulton, Norton, Deutch, Serrano, Larsen, Boyle, Schrader, Bass, Wasserman Schultz, Carbajal, Adams, McNerney, McEachin, Rush, O’Rourke, Sablan, Veasey, Sean Patrick Maloney, Clay, Payne, DeFazio, Blunt Rochester, Demings, Fudge, Brownley, Ruppersberger, DeGette, Capuano, DelBene, Sherman, Keating, Foster, Bera, Gabbard, Aguilar, Heck, Kennedy, Barragán, Carson, Castro, Danny Davis, Gomez, Al Green, Grijalva, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Hank Johnson, Kaptur, Kihuen, Lawson, Levin, Polis, Roybal-Allard, Takano, Mike Thompson, Blumenauer, Larson, Bustos, Gutiérrez, O’Halleran, David Scott, Rosen, Delaney, Gene Green, Esty, Nadler          

January 18, 2018

Dear Mr. President,

As you know, the Republican Congress must pass a funding resolution by January 19 to keep government open.  Indeed, as we approach this latest deadline, Congress faces a long list of urgent, overdue priorities for the American people.

With Republicans in control of the House, the Senate and the White House, you do not need Democrats’ votes to keep government open.  In any upcoming negotiations, however, Democrats will press for the inclusion of the following bipartisan items, among others:

·         Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;

·         Delivering urgently needed resources for communities fighting the deadly opioid epidemic;

·         Rescuing our heroic veterans who are facing a dire shortfall at the VA;

·         Protecting Dreamers, whom you have publicly supported, by passing the Dream Act;

·         Supporting access to health care by providing critical funding for CHIP and CHCs;

·         Preserving Americans’ endangered pensions by enacting a responsible reform plan;

·         Providing additional disaster recovery funding for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida, and states impacted by wildfires.

Mr. President, it is clear that your budget priorities and ours are in significant conflict.  However, there are many bipartisan priorities that we can swiftly deliver for the good of the American people, in addition to keeping government open without interruption.

If we can’t agree, your party has the majority in the House and the Senate to pass your own funding resolution. But that will be a bill we cannot support.

Thank you for your attention to our concerns. 

Sincerely,

__________________                          __________________                __________________

PETER WELCH                                    DAVID CICILLINE                  HAKEEM JEFFRIES     

Member of Congress                            Member of Congress                    Member of Congress

 

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