After Democrats and Republicans in the Senate worked hard to secure bipartisan agreement on a package of emergency relief for Americans experiencing the aftermath of natural disasters, I am outraged that House Republicans chose to block its swift consideration today.
Republicans brought this 2,200-page omnibus bill to the Floor in less than twenty-four hours, violating every rule they've set for themselves and exemplifying the kind of hypocrisy they've demonstrated throughout their House Majority.
The proposal unveiled today by the Trump Administration is not a serious plan to fix crumbling roads, bridges, airports, seaports, and rail networks or to build the twenty-first century infrastructure needed to boost our economy.
All of you know Republicans control all the levers of government. They control the House, the control the Senate, they control the White House and, as Dick Durbin pointed out this morning, they control the Supreme Court.
[Republicans] have been kicking the can down the road too often. In September, all 183 Democrats that voted, voted to extend for 90 days the government funding so that we could negotiate and reach agreements.
Despite being four months into the fiscal year, Republicans still have not worked with Democrats to reach an agreement to raise the spending caps and fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year. This week, Republicans will put forward yet another Continuing Resolution that kicks the can down the road for a fourth time this fiscal year.
Hanukkah just came to a close, we are four days from Christmas, and we are nine days from the end of the year. And much of the work this Congress needs to do isn’t done. And so we find ourselves some 36 hours from shutting down our government.