Rep. Takano Statement on Disaster Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after voting against the continuing resolution, which would fund the government through January 19 but excludes several key priorities.

“I have repeatedly said that Congress should not leave Washington without fully funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, fully funding our Community Health Centers, providing disaster relief for California and other hard-hit states, and finding a permanent solution for the 800,000 Dreamers who are Americans in every imaginable way except on paper.  

“The continuing resolution introduced by Republicans today excludes many of those critical priorities. I cannot support legislation that forces nine million children and their parents, millions of patients and community health providers, and nearly a million Dreamers to live with crippling uncertainty for the foreseeable future.  

“This last month has been a stunning demonstration of Republican priorities. After weeks of focusing exclusively on a $1.5 trillion tax cut for corporations and wealthy Americans, Republicans are saying we don’t have enough time for Dreamers and we don’t have enough money to provide sustainable funding for children’s health care or community health clinics. 

“I am deeply disappointed in my colleagues for introducing a continuing resolution that fails to reflect our nation’s priorities and betrays our nation’s principles.

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