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December 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after voting against the latest stopgap Continuing Resolution:

“This last-minute stopgap funding measure forced through by Republican leadership fails to address the urgent situation facing thousands of DREAMers in Nevada. It’s the end of the year, and there is no valid reason to further prolong this uncertainty.

“This process has devolved into a disgraceful charade and enough is enough. We need to address the problems in front of us and stop irresponsibly kicking the can down the road. I have been a vocal supporter of many of the programs that are in the continuing resolution, including CHIP, but this funding bill fails to fully reauthorize the program and does nothing to reassure families who may very well still receive notice that their child has been dropped from coverage. Congressional Republicans have already done permanent damage to CHIP and must come to the table with a clean reauthorization instead of leaving parents in a panic and the program hanging by a string.

“We are also running out of opportunities to fix President Trump’s cruel and heartless decision to end the DACA program. For months, Speaker Ryan has refused to bring a clean DREAM Act to the floor for a vote, even though it has Republican buy-in and would pass with broad bipartisan support. DACA recipients contribute to our economy, study at our universities, bravely serve in our nation’s military, and reflect the very best of our American values. We must bring immediate relief to the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers who risk being deported from the only home they’ve ever known. An estimated 122 DREAMers are losing their protected status every day that we fail to act - more than 12,000 already have so far. I cannot bear to see more families living in fear or torn apart because politicians in Washington refused to work across the aisle to get this done.”

BACKGROUND:  In addition to co-sponsoring the DREAM Act,  Congresswoman Rosen signed a discharge petition to force a vote in the House of Representatives on this bipartisan legislation. In Nevada, DACA has allowed more than 13,000 young people to come forward, pass background checks, and live and work legally. Nationwide, DACA has protected from deportation 800,000 individuals who know no home but the U.S.

Congresswoman Rosen is a co-sponsor of H.R. 4541, the CHAMPION KIDS Act, a bill that would reauthorize funding for CHIP for five years.  Rosen has called on Congress to pass a clean reauthorization bill that would extend funding for critical public health programs and initiatives, including CHIP, the Community Health Centers program, and the Special Diabetes Program. In November 2017, she also crossed the aisle to vote for a 5-year reauthorization of the CHIP program along with a 2-year reauthorization of the Community Health Centers program. Earlier this month, CMS awarded the state of Nevada with funding to extend the CHIP program to February, 2018.