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Head Start Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California. I thank the gentlewoman for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, this is now the second week of the Republican shutdown of our government--shut down because they want to put insurance companies back in charge of America's health care.

Republicans in the House think they can get out of this horrible mess they created by partially opening one part of the government or another. Today, it's Head Start--a program I strongly support and one that used to be supported on a bipartisan basis to provide education, health and nutrition services to at-risk children.

When Republicans voted to shut down the government, they closed the doors on thousands of these children and their families. After several bad news articles about the Republicans shutting down Head Start, they now want to partially open it.

Keep in mind, restoring funding to Head Start only serves a small percentage of at-risk children who need preschool and are eligible for it. It is not enough to restore one set of early-learning services for at-risk children but to not fund the Child Care and Development Block Grant, special education services, and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, which provides early childhood services for children from low-income families as well.

If the Republicans are serious about supporting early childhood education, we should vote on the clean, Senate-passed budget to reopen the government so that services for those kids and their families can be fully restored.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.

Ms. DeLAURO. I yield the gentleman an additional 30 seconds.

Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California. We should have that vote today.

It's time to stop the Republican shutdown. I call on the Speaker to let us vote. Let us vote. Let us vote on a bill to open the whole government.

As of today, enough Republicans have publicly stated that they're ready to join all of the Democrats to vote to open the government. Republicans should allow the House to vote on the Senate bill--a bill that was negotiated by the Speaker of the House, Mr. Boehner, and the leader of the Senate, Mr. Reid, but was rejected by the Republican caucus.

Bring that bill to the floor. Let us vote, and let these children get these services.


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