Ruppersberger Votes ‘No’ on Continuing Resolution
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after voting against a short-term Continuing Resolution:
"Today, I made the difficult decision to vote against a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government. This is something I have done only rarely throughout my time in Congress and reflects the irresponsibility of the bill place before us today.
Funding the government is the most basic responsibility of Congress, yet this is the third temporary Continuing Resolution we’ve seen nearly three months into the fiscal year with no full-year Appropriations plan in sight. I am especially concerned that the Department of Defense continues to operate under a CR – as adversaries like China and Russia continue to close in on us. Band aid budgets are bad for our national security.
I am also very disappointed that this bill contains no long-term reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, nor does it offer a solution for Dreamers. Failing to find a way for these residents – who serve our military, lead our communities and contribute taxes -- to stay in this country legally is inexcusable. I hope Senator McConnell means it when he says the Senate will vote on a DACA fix in January.”