PELOSI — Dear Colleague: Vote No on GOP’s Fifth Stop-Gap Spending Bill


 

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Tonight, Republicans who control the House, Senate and White House will bring forth their fifth stop-gap, short-term spending bill, once again demonstrating their incompetence.

As Members of Congress, we take a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people. Democrats support a strong national defense.  But we will not allow Republicans to use this Continuing Resolution to hollow out our nation’s commitments to the health, education and economic security of America’s working families.

Instead of working constructively with Democrats to meet the needs of the American people, Republicans are trying to starve the domestic budget – one-third of which goes to national security including Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, the State Department and anti-terrorism activities of the Justice Department.

Republicans want us to swallow an inadequate two-year reauthorization of Community Health Centers, while they eliminate the Home Visiting initiative that is making vital progress in maternal and child health, and cut off workforce training for low-income Americans seeking good-paying jobs in health care.

The sole purpose of this Republican bill is to destroy our leverage to achieve parity in the caps.  We are insisting on bipartisan investments that are essential to fighting the opioid epidemic, investing in veterans’ infrastructure and services, strengthening the National Institutes of Health, saving Americans’ endangered pensions, delivering strong disaster recovery funding and passing the DREAM Act – all spelled out in the Welch letter to President Trump.

The American people deserve a budget that funds both the military and the domestic investments that keep our nation strong.  Members are strongly urged to vote NO on this destructive and cynical Republican bill.

Thank you for your leadership.

best regards,

 

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