WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass legislation to provide assistance to victims of natural disasters by authorizing $12.14 billion in emergency spending to rebuild roads and bridges, provide urgent healthcare needs and bring local economies back to life. In another attempt to end the shutdown, this bill also provides a stop-gap funding measure to reopen the government until Feb. 8. This legislation gives the president and Congressional leadership several weeks to negotiate a deal on border security without holding key agencies and the federal government hostage.
“This is the eighth vote the House has taken to end this manufactured crisis and, once again, it’s identical to legislation previously supported by members of both parties,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “The president’s decision to shut the government down is hurting our economy and wreaking havoc on the financial security of far too many Illinoisans. Furthermore, it has prevented millions of Americans across the country that have been ravaged by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters from receiving the support they need. Enough is enough – it’s time for the president and Mitch McConnell stop playing politics with the livelihood of the American people.”
Since the 116th Congress was sworn in, Congresswoman Bustos has voted to open the government and fund key agencies eight times now:
- Jan. 16 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to end the shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 8.
- Jan. 15 – Congresswoman Bustos voted to end the shutdown and fund the government through Feb. 1.
- Jan. 11 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior.
- Jan. 10 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Departments of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other key agencies.
- Jan. 10 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
- Jan. 9 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.
- Jan. 3 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 – giving the president and Congressional leadership time to negotiate a compromise on border security while reopening our government.
- Jan. 3 – Congresswoman Bustos helped pass a package of six appropriations bills that have all previously either passed the Senate with unanimous or overwhelming bipartisan support.