Delaney Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Reopen the Government
WASHINGTON – On Monday, the Senate overwhelmingly advanced a bipartisan continuing resolution to fund the government through February 8 so that negotiations can continue on a long-term budget. As part of the compromise the Senate Majority Leader agreed to bring bipartisan immigration language to the floor for a vote.
In the House, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted to reopen the government. Congressman Delaney will be donating his salary from the shutdown to the Mercy Health Clinic in Gaithersburg.
Congressman Delaney releases the following statement:
“We need a responsible long-term budget deal that addresses the needs of the country. We’re not all the way there yet, but we’re closer than we were on Friday. Unlike what was considered last week, this is a bipartisan bill that came out of negotiations between both sides. Voting yes is the right answer on this bill. Voting yes gets the government back open, locks in CHIP funding for six years and gets the negotiations going again on a bipartisan deal to save DACA and protect the Dreamers.
“Congressional Republicans have – at least temporarily – moved from a hyper-partisan approach to actually negotiating with Democrats and I think that’s a good thing, so let’s take this up in good faith, and if they back out in three weeks, we hold them accountable.
“I believe that it’s important to be honest: short-term continuing resolutions are a really bad way to govern, but shutdowns are even worse. That’s especially true for Maryland and my constituents. There’s a lot of work to be done, on the budget and on immigration, so let’s get down to it.”