Ruppersberger Votes in Favor of Funding Bill that Prevents Second Government Shutdown
Feb 14, 2019
Bill ensures 800,000 government workers will stay on the job
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today voted in support of H.J. Res 31, which funds seven appropriations bills for the rest of the year and prevents another government shutdown. The legislation, which is the product of a bipartisan, bicameral Conference Committee agreement, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 300 to 128. Congressman Ruppersberger issued the following statement:
“I always say, nobody gets 100 percent of what they want 100 percent of the time. While not perfect, this bill is our best chance to keep our government open, secure our borders and fund other indispensable programs. It provides less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion President Trump has demanded for a border wall – in fact, there’s less money for barriers than the level agreed upon in December. Moreover, new fencing will be limited to currently deployed designs in top-priority areas.
It’s important to remember that this compromise also includes six other appropriations bills that fund key priorities from climate change to homelessness. Of specific interest to Maryland and its Second District, the bill includes:
- $3 billion to address the opioid crisis nationwide and help state and local law enforcement close the rape kit backlog, which stands at 6,000 in Maryland.
- $55.9 million to improve Maryland highways and transit.
- $73 million for the Chesapeake Bay program.
- a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees.
Neither alternatives to this deal -- shutting down the government again or passing a continuing resolution that would provide $2 billion for border barriers and significantly increase the number of ICE detention beds – are acceptable. I commend the members of the Conference Committee for negotiating in good faith and I urge President Trump to sign this bill into law."