Statement on Federal Government Spending Bills

December 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two critical funding bills to keeping our government open and vital services operating. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, voted NO on H.R. 1158 and voted YES on H.R. 1865. Schakowsky issued the following statement:

“As a daughter of immigrants, I am disappointed by the passage of today’s national security appropriations minibus which includes a blank check for Trump’s senseless border wall and inhumane immigration detention system. This funding bill reflects the cruel priorities of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and gives this incompetent President the power to raid government accounts to fund his mean-spirited pet projects.

“I am fed up with funding rogue agencies run by a lawless Administration that puts children in cages, abuses and neglects migrant women, and allows people in its care to die. I am sick and tired of this Administration that turns asylum seekers away at the border and sends them back into harm’s way. I am appalled by the large-scale ICE raids in our communities where parents are torn away from their children. I am horrified by ICE setting up fake colleges to entrap and deport immigrants who came to this country to better themselves. And I am deeply offended by the vile culture where agents refer to deceased migrant children in the Rio Grande as ‘floaters’ and call my female colleagues ‘scum buckets’ and ‘hoes.’

“For these reasons, I voted NO on the national security appropriations bill. I refuse to fund the Department of Homeland Security until Leader McConnell includes restrictions on transfer authority that would fund a wall, limits detention and deportation, and defunds the dangerous Remain in Mexico policy. We must end these inhumane practices and prioritize the health and wellbeing of all communities, and I will not stop fighting until we do just that."

“The House also considered and passed a domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations bill. I voted YES because it includes historic investments in lifesaving biomedical research, Head Start, and child care programs. It also includes significant funding for gun violence research that House Democrats secured for the first time in decades as well as provisions vital to the fight against the existential threat of the climate crisis. Democrats were able to secure significant energy funding to help us transition away from fossil fuels to green, renewable sources as well as essential investments in the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

“Still, this second appropriations package was not perfect. Though Democrats were able to include some important policy provisions in this year’s funding package, I am incredibly disappointed that these bills failed to provide a critical increase in funding and a long-term reauthorization for community health centers; to protect consumers from surprise medical bills; and to block the Trump Administration’s Title X domestic gag rule and expanded global gag rule.

“While Senate Republicans, under the direction of Trump and McConnell continue their anti-woman, anti-science, and anti-environmental attacks, Democrats fought hard to support programs that ensure a cleaner and healthier future for all. I will keep fighting to secure the critical funding and protections that were left out of this package in the coming year.”