Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement upon introduction of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018.
“The president seems determined to ensure this budget request is discarded even more quickly than his last one.
“While the President and his OMB Director live in budget fantasyland, I will be in the real world negotiating a responsible, bipartisan Appropriations package that invests in American families and communities.”
“Four months into the fiscal year, the Republican majority is introducing its fifth Continuing Resolution. As Democrats have said for many months, this is a perversion of good government and the polar opposite of regular order. It is a truly shameful display of incompetence.
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
“In recent months, hurricanes battered Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and destroyed homes, businesses, infrastructure, and communities, as did raging wildfires in California.
Mr. Speaker, since Hurricane Harvey wrought historic flooding in Texas, 12 major disasters have been declared.
From a hurricane that damaged large swaths of Florida, storms that annihilated Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and wildfires burning in the West, Americans deserve certainty the Federal Government will stand by them in their time of need.
“Today’s House passage of inadequate and partisan Appropriations bills gets us no closer to enacting full-year funding that will support middle-class families, invest in critical priorities, and keep the American people secure at home and abroad.