Blunt Rochester Issues Statement After Voting for Bipartisan, Long-Term Budget Agreement

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Washington, February 9, 2018 | Kyle Morse (202-695-0494) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Early this morning, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL) issued the following statement after voting for the bipartisan, two-year budget cap deal and spending agreement that passed the House on a 240-186 vote.

“Delawareans sent me to Washington to find common ground and work in a bipartisan way to promote job growth, expand opportunity, and champion the First State,” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “While today’s compromise is far from perfect, this deal includes substantial funding to combat Delaware’s opioid epidemic, provide more opportunities for working families to access affordable child care, improve our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and deliver on a number of other key priorities. I have called for a long-term budget and ultimately chose to support this bill because it gives funding certainty to our armed forces and essential service providers, like our veterans’ health system, Social Security Administration, and federally qualified health centers. The budget allows us to make long-term investments in the future to keep serving the great people of our state.”

“Our work, though, is still not complete. House Republican Leadership has failed to bring a meaningful DACA fix to the floor, and our DREAMers, who are our classmates, servicemembers, and contributing members of our community, face uncertainty and deportation because of Republican inaction. It is my hope that Speaker Ryan lives up to his commitment on the House floor today to advance a fix to the DACA program. Congress has a duty to stand up and protect DREAMers, and they deserve the dignity of being able to stay in the only country they have ever known. We must act now to bring a meaningful, bipartisan solution to a vote.”

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