Congressman Gene Green Votes ‘Yes’ to Keep the Government Open Through Fiscal Year 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a $1.3 trillion package that will fund the government for the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year:
While the bill is not perfect, it does invest in critical priorities like child care, transportation and infrastructure, medical research, opioid abuse, veterans’ health insurance, and much more. Community Health Centers, which provide essential help all throughout my district will receive an extra $135 million increase over last year’s total to expand addiction prevention and treatment services. Also, children’s providers will get a boost in their reimbursement rates under the Child Care and Development Block Grant. Protecting the health of our children should be one of our first priorities as Members of Congress and I am glad to see this bill do so.
That National Institute of Health will also receive a $3 billion boost in funding, allowing new research that could lead to cures for ailments and disease that have gone untreatable. The bill also includes $500 million to drive the development of alternative pain medicine, so that people may one choose a pain management treatment that does not involve the risk of opioids.
While I am disappointed that this bill does not address DACA recipients, I will continue to push my colleagues to come together to address this pressing issue. President Trump’s campaign promise to deport 2-3 million people is contrary to the values that make this country great. Not only will his empty promise separate families, but it’ll negatively affect the future of our economic stability. Our country depends on the hard-working young men and women who are pursuing their dreams to become doctors, engineers and members of the Armed Forces. We are stronger as a nation when we embrace immigrants and their contributions to our communities and shouldn’t vilify them.
I am also pleased to see that the bill does not include any funding for construction of new sections of a border wall. Texas has seven hundred miles of border with Mexico and trade with Mexico drives much of our economy in the region. While border security is essential, and this bill addresses that with money for the refurbishment of existing structures and fencing, the President’s proposal would simply amount to a large waste of money.