Today, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the following statement after voting against a short-term budget bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"The time to pass a long-term budget that will help grow the economy and fuel private sector job creation is now. Instead, the Majority Party is pushing forward with a partisan budget that undermines the ongoing negotiations between the House, Senate and White House to avoid a government shutdown.
"We need to work together to reach a budget compromise that both sides can agree on, not fund the government one week at a time.
"Not only does this bill do nothing to help achieve a long-term solution to fund government operations for the rest of this fiscal year, but it also makes severe cuts that will harm our economic growth and job creation efforts, including critical help for families, $2 billion for investments in infrastructure projects that support good private sector jobs, and research programs that are boosting U.S. innovation and competitiveness.
"The majority's short-term budget bill also includes ideological policy requirements that have no place in this kind of legislation, including a prohibition of DC funds to cover abortion in the District of Columbia. Why is that in the budget? I don't know."