Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on the Republican majority’s second government shutdown in five years:
“Since President Trump’s draconian budget was released, Democrats have warned Republicans that a bipartisan budget agreement was needed to adequately invest in American families and communities.
On Monday, December 18th, the House majority introduced a third disaster supplemental following hurricanes and wildfires of summer and fall 2017.
The package totals $81 billion, with the vast majority directed toward FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund ($27.5 billion), Community Development Block Grants ($26 billion), and Army Corps of Engineers repairs and resiliency ($12.1 billion).
“Puntagon” Spending Package:
Summary and Key Points