Statement on Continuing Resolution
Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), released the below statement on his vote for the continuing resolution to fund the government until January 19, 2017:
“Funding our government is among the most fundamental constitutional duties of Congress. Sadly, the alternative to today’s deeply flawed resolution was a disastrous government shutdown, which is why I voted to extend funding for 30 days.
“But by kicking the can into the New Year, Congress has failed to act in 2017 on several critical priorities.
“It’s unacceptable that families who depend on the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers are now left with doubts about these programs’ future.
“It’s inexcusable that there was no vote on the DREAM Act that would give certainty to hundreds of thousands of young people and confidence that they have a secure future in our country, their home. I am a cosponsor of the DREAM Act, have signed the discharge petition that would bring it to the floor for an immediate vote over the objections of Republican leadership, and will continue to work tirelessly to pass this long-overdue legislation.
“And it’s irresponsible to fund our government a few weeks at a time. I continue to urge my colleagues to address these challenges and pass a full 2018 funding bill to give our economy and communities the certainty they need and deserve to succeed.”