WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today released the following statement after voting ‘no’ on a continuing resolution that failed to address critical funding for Flint, Mich. and included a measure that prevents the government from requiring public disclosure of corporate political spending:
“While I’m pleased that the final continuing resolution keeps our government running and provides much-needed funding to address the Zika public health crisis, I could not in good conscience vote for legislation that ignores the plight of 100,000 Americans living in Flint who were poisoned by their water supply, and also includes a measure that prohibits the government from lifting the veil on corporate political contributions. At the end of the day, I have to stand up for what is right. I have to stand up for my principles.
“As I said last night, in times of crisis, Americans stand together. We don’t dismiss cries for help as the problems of ‘others’. We cannot let the people of Flint be an afterthought. And, Americans have a right to know if corporate money is being spent on efforts to defund Social Security and Medicare, dismantle environmental protections, undermine education programs, or eviscerate Wall Street Reform.”