Larson Votes to Re-Open Government and Hold Republicans Accountable on Good Faith Negotiations
Washington DC – Today, Congressman John B. Larson issued the following statement on voting in favor of the Continuing Resolution to re-open the federal government and provide long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“I voted today to re-open the government and provide certainty to 17,000 children in Connecticut and their families who depend on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The reality is that the Republicans control the levers of the federal government – the House, the Senate, and the Executive branch. While some of my Republican colleagues, like Senators Susan Collins and Lindsey Graham, have worked on a bipartisan solution, the Republican leadership has failed the most basic of their responsibilities – to lead and to keep the federal government open. While CR’s are harmful in general, I voted for a short-term extension only through February 8th as a sign of good faith as I believe it is better to negotiate with the government open rather than closed. If the Republicans renege on their commitments, it will be clear to the American people they can neither govern nor keep their word with regards to funding community health centers, opioid funding, protecting young Americans who were brought to this country as children from being deported, and funding for our military and domestic programs,” said Larson.
“This is the fourth CR that we have passed to keep the government open. Our military and federal agencies need a year-long budget in order to plan and to effectively execute the functions of government. My Republican colleagues have committed to coming to the table and working on solutions for the opioid epidemic, disaster relief funding, and a solution for the 700,000 DREAMers in the next three weeks. The Unites States government made a deal with these young people and despite the President’s edict to deport them if solutions are not made in Congress, it is now on the Republicans to work with us, as they have promised to govern responsibly. I will hold the Republicans accountable for their promises and so will the American people.”