DeLauro Statement on Republican Plans to Rescind Funds from the 2018 Government Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, DC (April 11, 2018)— Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statement regarding reports that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are discussing ways to rescind funds from 2018 government funding bill.
“Just three weeks ago, Congress reached a spending agreement for 2018 on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis, which the President signed into law. That law made critical investments in medical research at the National Institutes of Health, opioid treatment and prevention, child care programs, critical education programs to help children learn and be safe, and many more important items. Despite that agreement and the President’s signature, it has been reported that the President and some Republicans want to go back on that promise, leaving working families out to dry.”
“I can understand why Republicans have buyer’s remorse, given their $1.5 trillion spending spree to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations. But that is no excuse to renege on the funding agreement to which both parties in both houses of Congress and the Trump administration agreed. We worked hard to come to an agreement that benefits the people of this country, and there was a time when keeping one’s word meant something. Trust is fundamental to governing, and going back on one’s word erodes that essential piece of the process.”
“It is worth remembering that the spending package that is now law only lasts six months, and was only possible after more than five continuing funding resolutions. Federal agencies and the services and programs they administer have endured enough chaos from this Republican Congress and the Trump Administration. Enough is enough.”