Pelosi Floor Remarks Opposing Republicans’ Latest Stop-Gap Funding Bill

Jan 22, 2018
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor of U.S. House of Representatives opposing Republicans’ latest stop-gap funding bill.  Below are the Leader’s remarks: 

Leader Pelosi.  Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I thank the gentleman for yielding, and associate myself fully with his remarks.  Thank you, Mr. [Whip Steny] Hoyer, for your great leadership.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the Republicans' latest stop-gap funding bill.  I take great pride in House Democrats' overwhelmingly supporting for the first continuing resolution in September to give the Majority a chance to get the job done.  But after months of Republicans' excuses and extensions, I refuse to be an enabler to the Republicans' failures any longer.

This past week once again exposed the utter incompetence of the Republican-controlled government.  Here we are, ending the Trump shutdown with Republicans' fourth stop-gap, short-term bill, the fourth [time that] Republicans have failed to get their act together, the fourth time to fund the government for a full year. 

In August, Defense Secretary [James] Mattis asked what would be the effect of another short-term stopgap – 

Whip Hoyer.  Mr. Speaker, the House is not in order. 

Speaker Pro Tempore.  The House will be in order.  The gentlewoman will withhold.  The House shall come together.  Remove your conversation from the House and remove, keep the aisles open.  The gentlewoman will resume. 

Leader Pelosi.  Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  In August, Defense Secretary [James] Mattis was asked what would be the effect of another stopgap short-term spending bill on the military.  You all know he replied, ‘It just creates unpredictability.’  He said, ‘It makes us rigid.  We cannot deal with new and revealing threats.  We know our enemies are not standing still, so it's as unwise as it can be.’  I'll submit other statements to the record from the Navy Secretary [Richard Spencer], et cetera. 

Now, the Trump shutdown will end, but the Republicans' wasteful incompetence will continue.  There is a dark cloud over the Capitol, Mr. Speaker: the GOP tax scam which added nearly $2 trillion to the national debt. 

Republicans have made their choice: tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest are more important than certainty for our military.  Republicans control the House, Senate, the White House.  They control what bills we vote on in Congress.  We could have brought up a long-term bill, long before now.  

We have placed our suggestions on the table as to what would be on the domestic side of that.  Resources for opioid epidemic that kills 94 people every day in our country.  Funding for veterans' infrastructure and services.  Saving millions of Americans’ pensions in crisis today.  For funding Community Health Centers and lifesaving research at the NIH, for child care for hardworking parents, protecting patriotic young DREAMers.  

And as our distinguished Whip said earlier, making sure we have the resources for those affected by hurricanes, for fires, and especially our folks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  I'm going to submit some of that for the record.  

Because of the Republican majority's weakness, we still don't have a long-term spending bill that funds the military and the domestic investments that keep America strong.  We take an oath of office to protect and defend.  Now we have to fund that. 

We have not delivered strong disaster recovery funding for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other victims of hurricanes.  

Congressional Republicans continue to propose bipartisan solutions, but Republicans refuse to take yes for an answer.

We have not yet protected our courageous young DREAMers.  Not only should we protect them, we should embrace them.  Value them.  We should be grateful for the inspiration they are to America.  This is about meeting the needs of the American people.  It is also about honoring the values that have made our nation a beacon to the world.  

Today we end the Trump Shutdown, but it does not diminish our leverage or our determination on the Democratic side to meet the needs of the American people. 

Democrats are united in our determination to get the job done.  We are unified for a Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Pay, and a Better Future. 

I urge a no vote and I yield back the balance of my time. 

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