Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement before voting against a three-week spending bill:
"I will vote "no' on this Continuing Resolution. Today marks the fourth time in four months that Congress will pass a budget patch rather than a long-term budget that reflects the pressing priorities of the American people. We cannot continue to lurch from one continuing resolution to another. Imagine if the city of Burlington could only pass a budget for 17 days, as Congress is now poised to do for the country. The fire department could not purchase a new truck, and the police department could not hire a new officer. Congress has to do its job and pass a long-term budget. Regarding the Dreamers, Senator McConnell has offered weak assurances that the Senate will soon address their status. Speaker Ryan has given no such assurance to the House, not even a weak one. If he allowed a vote on the Dream Act today, I am confident it would pass the House with bipartisan support, yet he refuses to do so."