Pelosi: 'We Secured a Victory for America's Children Tonight'

Dec 16, 2005
Press Release

Pelosi: 'We Secured a Victory for America's Children Tonight'

Friday, December 16, 2005

Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement tonight on Democrats' victory on a motion by Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina to instruct budget reconciliation conferees to reject draconian cuts in Medicaid, student loans, child support enforcement, and food aid offered in the Republican spending bill. The motion passed by a vote of 246 to 175.

?Democrats secured a victory for America's children tonight. By successfully passing a motion to instruct the budget reconciliation conferees, Democrats stood together and voted to eliminate the most appalling Republican cuts to our child support enforcement programs, food aid, and health benefits for low-income children. Democrats stopped the Republican raid on student aid, helped make college more affordable, and did away with so-called 'mining reform,' which is really a massive give-away of public lands to special interests.

?Two days ago, hundreds of faithful Americans descended on Capitol Hill in peaceful protest to stand up for working Americans, our children, the poor, those still hurting from Hurricane Katrina, and our elderly. In the freezing cold, in prayer and song, they called the Republican budget what it is - a moral failure, devoid of spiritual hope and nourishing resources. Tonight, we took a step in restoring our budget to a moral document that lives up to our American values of fairness and opportunity.

?If the Republican leadership once again ignores the clear will of the majority and tries to insert any of these cuts in the final budget conference report, Democrats will stand firm and we call upon the 46 Republicans who voted against these horrific cuts tonight to do the same.?