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Monday, January 22, 2018

CAPAC Chair Statement on Three Week Continuing Resolution

CAPAC Chair Statement on Three Week Continuing Resolution
Washington, D.C.— Today, the U.S. House and Senate agreed to a short-term spending package to reopen the government until February 8, 2018. With Congressional Republicans unable to pass a full budget for the year, this is the fourth short-term extension since the fiscal year began in October 2017. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), voted against the continuing resolution and released the following statement:
“I am glad the government shutdown has ended, but without any new agreement on a long-term budget, parity between defense and non-defense spending, disaster recovery assistance for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and victims of wildfires, or stopping President Trump’s arbitrary Dreamer deportation deadline, this feels more like a pause. This is why I voted against the continuing resolution today and urged my CAPAC colleagues to do the same.
“Nobody wanted a shutdown, yet Republicans were also unwilling to make a deal to avoid it. That seems to still be the case today. There is still no plan to overcome the Republican party’s internal problems with funding the government just a few weeks at a time. And, although Sen. Mitch McConnell made a vague assurance to consider legislation to help Dreamers, the House is another story. In a September meeting, Speaker Ryan asked for my patience to allow the House time to find a legislative solution for DACA. But despite four continuing resolutions, they have made no progress towards a bipartisan deal. In fact, their rhetoric on immigrants grew more cruel and their demands more unreasonable. This is the same Republican House that refused to allow a vote on the last bipartisan immigration reform bill to pass the Senate in 2013, so I remain skeptical of their motives.
“Rather than allow us to vote on a clean DREAM Act, Donald Trump and Republican leaders want to decimate our family-based immigration system, end the diversity visa program, and build an ineffective border wall that does nothing to make our country more safe. This is unacceptable, and CAPAC will not support a DACA deal that trades one family’s pain for that of another. Catering to the whims of anti-immigrant hard-liners is exactly what got us here. The fact that the government shut down under unified Republican control shows that Republicans cannot effectively govern on their own. Mitch McConnell has pledged a vote to help Dreamers. I believe, in the wake of his failure to keep government open, Paul Ryan should do the same.
“I urge Congressional Republicans to prioritize governing over campaigning, and work with us to reach reasonable solutions for our country.” 

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