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Washington, March 22, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C  – Today, Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen released the statement below regarding the U.S. House of Representatives vote on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018:

“Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans are yet again jamming through a last-minute spending bill that utterly fails to address massive issues facing our country. We can move forward through compromise, but compromise shouldn’t come at the cost of sacrificing our values and leaving millions of American families in the dust.

“I commend my Democratic colleagues for ensuring that there is some good in this bill. It provides a $3.2 billion increase in funding to tackle the growing opioid crisis, an issue which has significant impacts in Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District. It carves out key funding for transportation and infrastructure projects that would help rebuild roads and highways in our state. And it prevents any funding from going towards the construction of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, a fight I have been proud to have lead while in Congress. However, this bill does not adequately address the epidemic of gun violence in our country, fails to enact bipartisan measures to stabilize our health care system and health insurance markets, wastefully allocates funding for a border wall, and fails to provide a permanent, long-term solution for DREAMers or individuals with Temporary Protected Status.

“We can respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners while also coming to grips with the unacceptable carnage caused by mass shootings by passing common sense gun safety legislation. We should also pass reasonable and effective border security measures that keep our citizens safe while repairing our broken immigration system and creating a legal framework for more than 800,000 young DREAMers. When we fail to meet our collective responsibility as members of Congress to solve important problems, it is my responsibility to speak up. This bill leaves the needs of far too many Americans unmet, therefore I will not support it.”


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