Vice Chair Crowley Statement on House Passage of Bill to Temporarily‎ Fund the Government, Provide Zika Funding

September 28, 2016
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)  – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5325, legislation that will fund the federal government through December 9, avoiding an immediate government shutdown, as well as provide emergency funding to respond to the Zika virus:

“While I’m relieved that we could pass at least some sort of funding bill just days before another Republican shutdown of the federal government, the fact remains we should have never been in this position in the first place. Yet again, we see a Republican majority grappling with how to do something as simple as funding our government and keeping lights on, not to mention addressing a public health crisis like Zika. The American people can’t just kick their decisions down the road. They need to make the tough choices and do the hard work – which are‎ two things this Republican majority refuses to do for themselves. 

“Instead of governing from crisis to crisis, Republicans should join us in working on issues like strengthening our economy, fixing our nation’s broken immigration system, addressing the gun violence epidemic, tackling public health crises, and finally creating a bipartisan budget that works for our economy and the American people. Our constituents sent us here to do the big things – to take actions that will benefit their lives and our country. Something like keeping the government up and running or protecting citizens from Zika should be assumed as a given, not touted as unusual accomplishments.”