Kaptur statement on passage of budget deal

February 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, which is in charge of all government spending bills, released the following statement regarding passage of the bipartisan budget deal:

“My vote in support of this bill avoids another prolonged, needless and expensive government shutdown. It assures a measure of stability in the operations of the federal departments of the United States for two years. Though very far from a perfect bill, to further delay vital decisions was not in America’s interests.

“Our economy faces major challenges, and our Nation is at war. Lives are at stake abroad and here at home, millions of Americans need assurance of their health and pension security. This bill avoids more uncertainty and the fits and starts that have characterized the federal domain for far too long. Additionally, the bill takes a positive step to create a select bipartisan committee to craft a solution for 10 million workers and retirees whose pensions are at risk of being cut.

“It is my fervent hope that the unfinished business of the Nation — such as steady, job growth and pension security, affordable medicines, infrastructure improvements, arresting the opioid epidemic, easing the pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and undocumented workers, affordable education, and relieving America’s growing debt load — will be advanced more easily now that this measure has passed both the House and Senate.

“For the moment, the overheated, partisan wrangling has been put on the shelf. Congress has met its Constitutional obligation.”