D.C.) –U.S. Senator Patty Murray released the following statement after Senate
Republicans blocked consideration of the Omnibus Appropriations bill.
blocking the bills that fund the federal government, Senate Republicans have
once again put politics before people. By rejecting compromise, favoring
filibuster, and running out the clock out on the American people, Republicans
have stalled a budget that invests in the critical needs of middle class
families and our economy. Unfortunately, their actions have very real
Republicans have played games with this budget, somebody loses. And in this
case it’s the needs of the most vulnerable in Washington state. Refusing to
pass these bills means that education for children, housing assistance for
homeless veterans, loans for disadvantaged students, and badly needed
investments for senior citizens, have all been put at risk. And importantly, at
a time when we can least afford it, this action threatens job creation in
communities all throughout the country.
kitchen tables all across my home state, families that are struggling to get by
are making the tough decisions about their budgets and their future. They
deserve the same from the people they elected to fight for their priorities.
Republicans have shown that they would rather put off what we can do today, for
next Congress, or for the next time it’s politically convenient. Unfortunately,
struggling families don’t have the luxury of waiting for the help this bill
“It’s time for Republicans to step up to join us in the job of governing. Every day they choose to sit on the sidelines is another day our country suffers.”