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ROSEN STATEMENT ON BUDGET DEAL

February 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) issued the following statement after voting in favor of a bipartisan budget agreement to fund the government for the next two years:
 

“There are bipartisan solutions right in front of us to bring permanent relief to Dreamers, but Republican leadership in Congress hasn’t given up on their cynical strategy of holding the lives of Dreamers hostage for political gain. It’s disgusting, it’s heartless, and it’s unconscionable. In the coming weeks, I’ll continue fighting to ensure Congress finally acts on a plan that protects the thousands of young Dreamers in Nevada whose fate is still hanging in the balance. Despite the ongoing failure to fix President Trump’s cruel DACA decision, Washington cannot continue spiraling from one manufactured crisis to the next every few weeks. This bipartisan budget agreement will hopefully break the reckless cycle of stopgap funding measures while funding critical priorities for Nevada, investing in the middle class, and moving our country forward.”
 

BACKGROUND: The budget agreement includes the following provisions:

  • Extension of the debt limit through 2018

  • Ten years of funding for Children's Health Insurance Program

  • Two-year reauthorization for Community Health Centers

  • Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a policy change which will help preserve seniors’ access to physicians who take Medicare

  • $4 billion to rebuild and improve Veterans Affairs Hospitals and Clinics

  • Extension of tax credits for energy efficient homes, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and 2-wheeled plug-in electric vehicles

  • $20 billion for infrastructure investments

  • $6 billion to fund the fight against the opioid crisis

  • $5.8 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant program

  • $2 billion in additional funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research

  • Increases in funding for the Social Security Administration so that seniors and other beneficiaries get better services


Congresswoman Rosen is a co-sponsor of the Dream Act and has signed a discharge petition to force Republican leadership to bring the bill to the floor. Rosen is also an original co-sponsor of the United and Securing America (USA) Act, a bipartisan bill supported by 27 Republicans and 27 Democrats in the House. This legislation would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and help secure U.S. borders.

 
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