Menendez Statement on ‘No’ Vote on Inadequate 3-week Funding Bill

Menendez Statement on ‘No’ Vote on Inadequate 3-week Funding Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement after voting against Republicans’ three-week funding bill.

“The Senate-passed Continuing Resolution is yet another short-term sham of a funding bill that abandons vital New Jersey priorities like funding for the opioid crisis, community health centers and critical reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, all while short-changing our military, and ignoring the plight of millions of Americans in Puerto Rico, California, and other disaster-torn communities.

“Nothing in this legislation gives me any confidence that in three weeks Congress won’t end up exactly where we are today. Funding for the federal government lapsed back in September. The President announced the end of DACA back in September. Yet, instead of doing the hard work of governing, Republicans spent October, November and December asking for short-term extensions so they could binge on trillion-dollar tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest one percent.

“I would have much preferred a two-day, three-day or even week-long extension that forced Democrats and Republicans to stay in Washington and negotiate a long-term agreement that fully funds our military, invests in our domestic priorities, protects the 800,000 Dreamers from the imminent threat of deportation and provides them a path to citizenship. 

“In three weeks, a dysfunctional White House and a dysfunctional Republican Congress will remain utterly incapable of passing a long-term budget unless and until they begin working with Democrats who know how to compromise, how to set priorities, and how to govern.”