Washington, D.C.- Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on the House passing an omnibus spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year:
“This omnibus spending bill failed to address what I believe are some of the most pressing issues facing our nation. As such, I could not in good conscience support it and voted NO.
“30,000 Americans are killed by guns every year, yet the Republican-controlled Congress has refused to act. Every day we hear new disturbing stories about our data being accessed, and yet this bill contains provisions that grant the executive branch broad discretion to collect more data without proper checks. And though our DREAMers are still twisting in the wind, this bill once again ignores their plight and instead provides funding for the President’s ridiculous border wall.
“In addition, this bill provides no money for disaster assistance, does nothing to counteract the Trump Administration’s repeated acts of sabotage to the Affordable Care Act and America’s health insurance markets, allocates not one penny to the Hudson Rail Tunnel Project, and offers no additional language to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation.
“This omnibus is a product of a dysfunctional Majority and does not reflect our basic values or principles. Our Democratic negotiators worked hard, but the bill still had too many shortcomings for me.”
Please note this statement was originally published on March 23, 2018 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.