9 Days to Shutdown, 2 More Failed Funding Bills, Another Week in House Republican Chaos

November 9, 2023
Press Release

WASHINGTON — This week, House Republicans failed to pass their partisan Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies and Financial Services and General Government funding bills. Neither of these House Republican bills would have kept the government open beyond November 17. House Democrats remain willing and ready to negotiate final full year funding bills, a continuing resolution, and an emergency supplemental funding package. House Republicans refuse to compromise as they continue consideration of extreme partisan funding bills they cannot pass.

“Considering these two partisan funding bills was a waste of time that we should have spent debating serious proposals to keep the government open,” Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “House Republicans’ transportation funding bill would have cut Amtrak by 64 percent and raised commuting and housing costs for hardworking American families. Their financial services bill would have inflicted serious damage on their communities while making sure billionaires and big corporations pay no taxes. It would have decimated the IRS, protecting tax cheats over honest, hard-working families. I urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to stop driving us straight to a shutdown. Their partisan bills cannot pass. It is time for us to start negotiating full year bills as House and Senate Democrats and Republicans have done in the past.”

Congresswoman DeLauro’s remarks on the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill are here. DeLauro’s remarks on the Financial Services and General Government bill are here.

“Once again, House Republicans are failing the American people. Over the past year, we have seen the consequences of poorly maintained public transportation and housing,” Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) said. “From train derailments to a housing crisis, it is abundantly clear that our nation needs more investment in improving our communities, not less. It is unconscionable that Republicans would instead support legislation that ensures too many Americans will remain without housing or safe and reliable transportation when our constituents are most in need of these resources. This bill simply does not represent what our constituents have called on us to do.”

Congressman Quigley’s remarks as prepared for delivery are here.

“As I have said repeatedly, Republicans' partisan Financial Services and General Government funding bill has no chance of becoming law,” Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Steny Hoyer (D-MD-05) said. “Predictably, they cannot even build enough consensus within their own party to pass it through the House. The Majority has wasted precious time with this radical bill that cuts crucial agencies responsible for enforcing the law and protecting the welfare of everyday Americans. This bill undermines the IRS' ability to go after tax cheats and lawbreakers while leaving American taxpayers to pick up the cost and weakens our government's ability to lower the deficit. Because of wasted time on this failed bill, we are even closer to a shutdown. This proposed legislation did not honor the bipartisan law we came to this summer to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government. It did nothing to help the American people. Americans don't want these Republican distractions; they want their Congress to work together to deliver results.”

Congressman Hoyer’s remarks as prepared for delivery are here.

Key provisions of the House Republican 2024 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill can be found here. The text of the legislation, before action on the House Floor, is available here. The accompanying report is available here. Information on Community Project Funding in the bill is here.

Key provisions of the House Republican 2024 Financial Services and General Government bill can be found here. The text of the legislation, before action on the House Floor, is available here. The accompanying report is available here.

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118th Congress