Ranking Member DeLauro Statement on House Republicans' Latest Step to Guarantee a Shutdown, Increase Costs for Rural Families, Make Abortion Illegal Nationally

September 23, 2023
Press Release

House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) released the following statement after the House Rules Committee reported out an extreme Republican rule that will lead to higher energy costs, decreased access to abortion, a less secure border, and a more powerful Russia and China:

“Our government shuts down in a few days. If you are just tuning in, you would think that the House Rules Committee would be meeting on a Saturday to keep the government open. But that could not be further from the truth. Instead, they met today to report out a rule that only guarantees a shutdown, harming people and the economy. It includes amendments that make the already dangerous Republican 2024 funding bills even more harmful. Increased costs for farmers and rural communities, decreased access to abortion, a less secure border, increased influence for Russia and China—this is what House Republicans stand for.

“By reporting this rule, House Republicans brought the Agriculture funding bill to levels last seen before 2001—41 percent lower than last year. Republicans claim to support farmers while making it harder for small farmers to make ends meet. They are increasing energy costs in rural communities, making it harder or impossible for farmers to get a loan, and making our food less safe.

“The 2024 Agriculture funding bill reverses the FDA decision to allow mifepristone to be dispensed in certified pharmacies to patients with a prescription from a certified prescriber, instead of only in hospitals, clinics, and medical offices. The Rules Committee refused to allow the House to consider my amendment to remove this rider, as Republicans are determined to make abortion illegal nationally.

“This rule also sets House Republicans up to fail to protect our national security with cuts to resources for Ukraine’s defense. It further cedes America’s position as the leader of the global community to China by cutting an additional $1 billion for State Department and USAID staff and UN Peacekeeping. By connecting the Homeland funding bill to the passage of their unpopular border bill that they were unable to pass last week, they put themselves on a path to force frontline officers and agents, who are working tirelessly to secure the border, to work without pay so that Republicans can continue to play political games. Further, their bills do nothing to seriously tackle the growing threats of illicit opioids in our communities.

“Appropriators on both sides of the aisle always want to pass all 12 bills individually. This is not a new concept. Where House Democrats differ is that we do not allow the government to shut down while we do our work. This rule is not serious governing, but it would have serious impacts on the American people.”

State-by-state and district-level information on the impacts of the cuts in the 2024 Agriculture funding bill, including increased cuts from the self-executing amendment, can be found here.

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