Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today on the failure of Republicans in the House of Representatives to move the funding bill for the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education departments through committee. DeLauro is the senior Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for funding those agencies, which approved the legislation last week. DeLauro had been assured by the Subcommittee Chairman that the full committee would publicly consider the bill this week.
"I am deeply disappointed that we will not have a public discussion of Chairman Rehberg's vision for implementing the Romney-Ryan Budget. This bill was bad for women, bad for children, bad for the most vulnerable among us and bad for middle-class Americans. We should have been able to discuss our differences and have the opportunity to improve the bill and stop elimination of critical programs. The subcommittee's consideration of the bill last week was extremely limited to the public and clearly insufficient for such important legislation.
"It is shameful that my Republican colleagues are trying to hide their plans to decimate programs that aide children, sick Americans, the unemployed and seniors. If that is what they think the right direction for America is they should be willing to stand up and say so."
The bill violates last December's bipartisan budget agreement, slashing $6.8 billion from last year's budget and obliterating programs that provide health care, educate children, prevent the spread of disease and ensure seniors receive Social Security in a timely manner, just to name a few critical areas. A report done by DeLauro for last week's subcommittee meeting found that funding for this bill has barely kept up with inflation over the past ten years. Once adjusted for inflation and population growth, the funding for these critical programs has actually shrunk by seven percent. The legislation also includes numerous ideological riders on a host of issues and has severe repercussions for women's health, teen pregnancy prevention and access to quality health care.