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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through April 28:
“While I believe the House took the appropriate action today to prevent another unnecessary government shutdown, I believe that passing yet another continuing resolution is not the right approach to funding our government. Instead, we ought to have engaged in the difficult work of enacting appropriations bills through regular order or at least reaching compromise on an omnibus. Now, difficult decisions will be postponed to the spring, when once again we will face the very real threat of a shutdown, requiring Republicans to work with Democrats to reach consensus on how best to prioritize our resources and maintain funding for key investments that serve the American people and build for the future.
“I am glad that this continuing resolution includes funding for the assistance we authorized to help the people of Flint, Michigan, cope with the lead poisoning disaster. This funding must now reach those who need it to address the near-term emergency as well as the long-term consequences to public health. However, this bill also should have included adequate funding to address the impending loss of health and retirement benefits by coal miners and their surviving dependents. Those who toiled for decades in dangerous conditions, increasing their risk of developing lung cancer and other long-term health problems, deserve to know that they and their families will not be left out in the cold by this Congress.
“As we look ahead to next year, it is imperative that Republicans work with Democrats to provide certainty both to federal agencies and to the private sector by recognizing the need to pass appropriations bills on time and through regular order. We owe it to this nation to work together through an open process to have a vigorous debate about what our funding priorities are and how we intend to invest in our economy and our people.”