Republican Dysfunction Leaves Congress with 5 Legislative Days To Avoid Government Shutdown

For Immediate Release:

September 13, 2013

MESSAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP

Over the last few weeks, America has been faced with devastating stories and images from Syria, where the Assad regime used chemical weapons against his own people, including women and children. I stand in support of President Obama’s call to authorize limited but decisive military action, and also support his efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution that provides confidence to the international community that Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal will be swiftly placed under international control and ultimately destroyed.

This week, Congress returned from the August district work period facing a number of critical issues.  Rather than work in a bipartisan manner on a bill to avoid a government shutdown, Republican leadership originally proposed a short-term bill to fund the government that also defunded the Affordable Care Act and continued the reckless policy of sequester.  Despite these partisan provisions, far-right Republicans rejected the measure as not drastic enough, resulting in this bill being removed from the legislative schedule.  Instead, House Republicans wasted time on a bill that was their 41st vote to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act.  With only five scheduled legislative days remaining until the end of the fiscal year, I will continue to urge Republicans to work with Democrats on a bipartisan solution that will responsibly fund the government and avoid a shutdown.

I am pleased that this week, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, companion legislation to the bill I cosponsored with Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN).  This legislation would encourage schools to stock life-saving epinephrine and ensure staff are trained and authorized to use it to save students’ lives in the event of an emergency allergic reaction.  I will encourage the Senate to quickly bring this bill forward where I’m hopeful it will pass with the same strong, bipartisan support it received when it passed in the House in July.  

Next week, House Republicans are planning to bring legislation addressing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding to the Floor.  I stand with Democrats in opposing Republicans’ plan to slash this program by $40 billion, which would undermine millions of American families facing food insecurity. 

Sincerely yours, 

STENY H. HOYER

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