Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) voted today with a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives to immediately restore funding to children's Head Start Programs nationwide. Though President Obama has supported two of the House's intermediary funding bills, he has threatened to veto the Head Start for Low-Income Children Act (H.J. Res. 84).
"The House of Representatives is acting in good-faith to restore government services for the American people and stop punitive shutdown antics from tainting our national parks and memorials," Congresswoman Foxx stated. "This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed its eleventh bipartisan partial funding measure - this one to reopen immediately the federal Head Start Program for low-income children. Twenty-three Democrats joined House Republicans in passing the measure. In the House, we agree that children who rely on Head Start should not have their program disrupted any further by Washington's dysfunction.
"House Republicans want to meet with Senate Democrats to find a bipartisan solution to reopen the federal government fully, but the Senate first needs to agree to be part of those talks. Refusing to negotiate a fair end to the shutdown or a fiscally responsible solution to America's debt crisis is childish and unreasonable, particularly when divided government requires bipartisanship."