Pelosi, Hoyer, Clyburn, and Lowey Dear Colleague: Vote No on GOP Minibus Appropriations Bill
Vote No on GOP Minibus Appropriations Bill
Dear Democratic Colleague,
Welcome back from the Memorial Day district work period. As Congress returns from this time of reflection in our communities, it is important that we fight harder than ever for the priorities of the families we are privileged to represent. We write to urge you to oppose the Republican minibus appropriations bill on the Floor this week, which fails to honor our obligations to protect the health, security and well-being of the American people. This so-called minibus legislation will include three appropriations bills: Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.
This GOP minibus is the first step in Republicans’ plan to choke off funding increases for critical Democratic priorities for the health, education and economic well-being of America’s working families later in the appropriations process. House Democrats’ strong opposition to Republicans’ cynical strategy last year gave us powerful leverage in the omnibus. That leverage enabled us to fight off Republicans’ poison pill riders and secure dramatic increases in funding for key priorities, such as veterans, health and biomedical research, the opioid crisis, education and child care, and election security. That included nearly doubling funding for Child Care Development Block Grants, achieving a $3 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, and providing $380 million in Election Security Grants.
The GOP minibus package on the Floor this week is partisan, wrong-headed and dangerous. Republicans wrote an Energy and Water section that:
- Cuts vital clean energy initiatives even as gas prices surge under the Republicans’ watch;
- Attacks job-creating investments in transformational energy technologies; and
- Slashes funding for critical nuclear non-proliferation priorities.
It also includes unacceptable GOP poison pill riders that:
- Permit deadly firearms to be carried on public land;
- Assault the clean water our children drink;
- Encourage pollution of our oceans; and
- Push our nation’s already endangered species towards extinction.
House Democrats must stand together once again, to fight for the priorities that matter in the lives of the American people. Thank you for your ongoing leadership in this mission.
|STENY H. HOYER
|JAMES E. CLYBURN
Assistant Democratic Leader
|NITA M. LOWEY
Ranking Member, Appropriations Committee