Bonamici Statement on Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, DC [02/09/18] – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement after voting against a proposal to fund the government through March 23:
“This is no way to run government. The lack of leadership from Congressional Republicans and the President is alarming. Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House, and they have struggled to keep government open. They just brought forward a budget bill that is yet another short-term extension. Although the bill contains provisions I support, this governing from crisis to crisis is unacceptable and irresponsible. I support our military but we do not need billions of additional dollars – funding beyond even what the Department of Defense requested.
“Just last week I brought Miriam, a Dreamer from Oregon, to the State of the Union address. Miriam was brought to the United State when she was 9 months old, and the United States is the only home she has known. She got a good education, works hard, and wants to stay in Oregon to raise her son with her husband. As a mother, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be in constant fear of being torn away from one’s family and sent out of the United States to an unfamiliar country. Like the other Dreamers I have met, Miriam is working hard and contributing to her community. I cannot, in good conscience, vote for a bill that does not even have a commitment from Speaker Ryan to bring up a proposal to protect the Dreamers. We must put an end to this uncertainty by enacting DACA protections into law.
“I have a long record of bipartisanship and I have supported many imperfect deals to keep the government open. I will continue to negotiate in good faith on the important issues before us. This morning the Speaker said he would work with us to resolve DACA, but he stated earlier that he would only consider legislation that is supported by President Trump. The Speaker must not yield to the President when it comes to the to the will of the House. The President has spoken out of both sides of his mouth and is not a reliable negotiator. Members of Congress must move forward together to resolve the many issues we are facing.”