"If we are to have any hope of avoiding a Continuing Resolution on these bills, House Republicans must drop their insistence on poison pill riders that threaten our air and water and weaken protections for American consumers. Until that happens, we will be forced to keep the important domestic priorities in these bills in a holding pattern. That will deprive American families, businesses, and communities of the certainty they deserve."
"The Defense and Labor-HHS-Education bills carry out some of Congress’ most important Constitutional responsibilities, and I am pleased that we have made so much progress on these bills."
House Democrats stood firm in negotiations over the first minibus package, securing increased funding for important national priorities like clean energy and transformational science and better health care for our veterans. House Democrats also forced Republicans to abandon extreme anti-environment riders.
This week, the House is expected to consider the conference report on a three-bill "minibus" that includes the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills.
September 10, 2018 Press Release
“It is deeply disappointing that we have been unable to address this issue with a bipartisan, bicameral compromise. We will continue to fight for a responsible, long-term solution to protect domestic priorities and veterans’ health care.”
“Although it is not the bill Democrats would have written on our own, this minibus supports clean energy and transformational science programs, provides new resources to treat veterans suffering from the opioid epidemic, funds infrastructure improvements at VA facilities, and creates a new program to compensate House interns for their work. This minibus is also a victory for what it does not include: the extreme anti-environment riders included in the House-passed bills."
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today named House Democratic Members to serve on a conference committee on the Interior-Environment, Financial Services, Transportation-HUD, and Agriculture Appropriations bills.
The House version of the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, and Legislative Branch appropriations bill includes both cuts to many priorities for the American people and unacceptable poison pill riders that weaken environmental safeguards. We must do better.
House Republicans have found $5 billion to pay for President Trump’s wasteful border wall. Yet they apparently cannot allocate anything to strengthen America’s schools, help families afford college, ensure workplace safety, or expand quality, affordable health care. The American people deserve better than this partisan bill.
September 4, 2018 Press Release
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today named House Democratic Members to serve on a conference committee on the Defense and Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bills.