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DeLauro Statement on Senate Passage of Stopgap Spending Legislation to Avert a Government Shutdown, Ensure Food Security

September 30, 2020
Press Release

DeLauro urges President Trump to sign legislation before midnight deadline when funding is set to expire

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, issued this statement on the Senate’s passage of a critical continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through December 11, 2020:

“Today, the Senate took a necessary, urgent step and followed the House’s lead to avoid a government shutdown in the middle of the worst public health and economic crises our nation has seen in decades. This step was only necessary and urgent because of Senate inaction. In the House, we did our job. We take seriously our constitutionally mandated power of the purse and responsibility to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, and we passed bills funding nearly every government agency. The Senate did not even start the process of drafting spending legislation.

“While I wish the circumstances were different, I am thrilled to have helped lead the charge to include $8 billion for key nutrition programs. The coronavirus pandemic continues to leave families across the United States struggling to keep food on the table. With $3.2 billion for an extension of pandemic EBT benefits, $3.5 billion for an extension of Child Nutrition and WIC waivers, and $1.3 billion for the administration of SNAP, we are prioritizing the health of our children and families.

“It is now up to President Trump to sign this legislation immediately and without hesitation.”