Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) issued the following statement regarding today’s vote on a three-week continuing resolution:
“The Republican leadership has had many, many opportunities to govern responsibly, but has failed time and time again. These constant short-term funding bills are hurting our military – as the Defense Secretary and the Navy Secretary themselves both said last week. These short patches are also bad for our economy, bad for healthcare programs, and bad for our veterans. This constant uncertainty is no way to govern. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are using children’s healthcare as a bargaining chip, failing to fund community health centers that those children rely on every day, and refusing to adequately fund our military and domestic programs, like infrastructure and education. Finally, they are leaving our Dreamers – their lives, their jobs, and their families – up in the air, based on an arbitrary, capricious, and deeply cynical deadline fabricated by the President.
“Working together in a bipartisan manner – which we desperately need – means actually negotiating with both parties to solve these problems. So far, that has not happened. We need to end this shutdown, but this continuing resolution kicks the can down the road yet again. There are only six legislative days before it expires again. It doesn’t solve our problems and will continue to inflict harm on our country and my constituents. Therefore, I cannot support it.”