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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Rep. Lujan Grisham Votes Against Fifth Continuing Resolution

Feb 9, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Lujan Grisham Votes Against Fifth Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement on today’s budget cap agreement and short-term continuing resolution:

“We certainly have a need for many important investments outlined in the bill.  However, for every problem this bill solves, it creates two more and others still remain completely unaddressed.  This will be the fifth continuing resolution in a row, Speaker Ryan still refuses to initiate a fair, bi-partisan process for fixing DACA, and because of the Republican tax scam, this budget blows a massive trillion dollar hole into the national debt.

“It is clear the American people on every side of the political spectrum have lost their trust and faith in Congress.  If Congress continues to fail to fulfill its most basic responsibilities and work in a bi-partisan manner, how can it possibly address complex, long-term problems like the opioid crisis, climate change, immigration, poverty, the national debt, or fix our aging infrastructure?  Nobody seems to be steering the wheel of the United States of America and that is leading to chaos, instability, and suffering.

“I have worked with Democrats, Republicans, senators and even the White House.  We have reached important compromises to fix the DACA program, but have gotten no commitment from Speaker Ryan that our bipartisan legislation will get a debate and the vote it deserves.

“This is yet another example of how Speaker Ryan feels accountable to the most extreme anti-immigration members of his caucus. 

“I cannot vote for temporary agreements that depend on empty promises of compromise down the road.   

“Again, I call on Speaker Ryan and the Republican leadership to work in a productive bipartisan fashion to pass a long-term spending bill that addresses America’s most pressing issues. We can’t afford to continue letting the far-right extremists lead our government from crisis to crisis.”