Pelosi Statement on Introduction of Omnibus Spending Bill


Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the introduction of the omnibus spending bill:

“Democrats fought with great integrity, strength and unity to secure vital middle class priorities in the omnibus spending bill.  We are grateful to Ranking Member Nita Lowey, our appropriators and staff for delivering progress on critical priorities, while successfully removing many dangerous poison pills.

“Thanks to the leadership of Democrats, the omnibus proposal contains bold investments in our veterans, the NIH, community health centers, and families fighting opioid addiction.  These job-creating, life-saving investments stand in sharp contrast to the Trump Budget.

“Democrats won explicit language restricting border construction to the same see-through fencing that was already authorized under current law.  The bill does not allow any increase in deportation officers or detention beds.  We are disappointed that we did not reach agreement on Dreamer protections that were worthy of these patriotic young people.  We will continue to ask the Speaker to give us a vote to protect Dreamers and honor our values.

“House Democratic Members will now assess the whole package and weigh its equities.  Again, we thank our appropriators, their staff and the House and Senate Leadership staff for their commitment to getting the job done.”

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