House Republicans Bring the United States Closer to a Shutdown by Continuing to Push Partisan Funding Bills
WASHINGTON — Today, House Republicans passed the 2024 Legislative Branch funding bill that fails to move the institution of the House of Representatives forward. House Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the bill.
For 2024, the bill appropriates a total of $5.3 billion, a decrease of $263 million, or 4.7 percent, below 2023. In keeping with longstanding practice whereby each chamber of Congress determines its own housekeeping requirements and the other concurs without intervention, the bill does not include funds for the Senate or Senate office buildings.
Instead of increasing our ability to serve our constituents and recruit and retain talented staff and United States Capitol Police Officers, this bill merely treads water or cuts. The legislation:
- Fails to confront the climate crisis by eliminating a provision to combat climate change and allowing for excessive plastic waste.
- Does not include language permitting funds in the Act to be used to employ individuals with an employment authorization document under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.
- Does nothing to facilitate funding for the collective bargaining rights prescribed to Congressional staffers.
- Eliminates dedicated funding for the House Office of Diversity and Inclusion and prohibits funding across the Legislative Branch for diversity, equity, and inclusion training or implementation.
“Our role on the Legislative Branch subcommittee is to ensure the systems in place to keep our nation's government and its operations are strengthened, however, this latest funding packet put forth by Republicans eliminates critical funding for programs vital to government operations and is an affront to our efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, protect the environment, and bolster our national security,” Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13) said. “This bill does nothing more than further chaos and division that House Republicans have become known for this Congress. It is time to get our nation back on track, and the most certain way to achieve this is to ensure the needs of our Legislative Branch of government can operate smoothly.”
Congressman Adriano Espaillat’s full remarks as prepared for delivery are here.
“As an institution, we should be increasing our ability to serve our constituents and recruit and retain talented staff and United States Capitol Police Officers, not merely treading water,” Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “We made progress last Congress, but this bill takes us backward. The Legislative Branch funding bill is not an appropriate venue for the divisive and partisan language House Republicans have placed in each Appropriations bill we have considered. We should be working together to ensure Congress is able to serve the American People and complete the People’s business safely, securely, and efficiently, our political differences notwithstanding. I urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to end the charade of forcing through partisan funding bills. We are out of time. I hope my colleagues will come to this realization soon and join me at the negotiating table. Now is the time to find common ground and pass bipartisan funding bills immediately.”
Congresswoman DeLauro’s full remarks are here.