Washington, D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, made the following statement:
“Throughout the past year, the GOP put their tax scam first and put children and families last. They spent all their time, energy and votes on tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest, and put the needs of working families on the backburner.
“For months, Democrats implored the Republicans in the majority to tackle the issues both sides agree must be addressed – but Republicans refused. They refused to deliver an on-time budget. They refused to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before it expired on September 30th, then tried to use it as a negotiating tool at the last minute. They refused to fund community health centers that so many kids rely on. They refused to protect DREAMers – young, hardworking people who know no other country but America. They refused to provide disaster aid still needed in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida and California. And the list goes on.
“The GOP’s failed leadership is only compounded by their empty promises. Tonight, I voted NO on another empty Republican promise.”
Please note this press release was originally published on January 22, 2018 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.