Carson Statement on Government Spending Bill


Date: May 3, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman André Carson (D-IN) released the following statement after Congress voted on a spending bill that funds the government through the rest of the fiscal year.

"While today's omnibus appropriations bill is a compromise and does not fully fund every Democratic priority, I voted for it because it is a step in the right direction and a compromise that averts another government shutdown.

"This spending bill funds the Indianapolis Red Line project and provides a critical increase for the National Institutes of Health, which supports research jobs across Central Indiana. It reinstates year-round Pell grants and funds critical nutrition, clean water, law enforcement, job training, and infrastructure programs.

"This compromise also removed many controversial proposals. It includes no funding for President Trump's immoral and expensive border wall with Mexico and does not cut funding to Planned Parenthood or sanctuary cities.

"I am disappointed this bill could not pass until 7 months into the fiscal year. This is an irresponsible way for Republican leadership to govern. Despite this, this legislation keeps the government open and eliminates the uncertainty and economic instability that results from the kind of short-term "fixes' that have been too commonplace over the last few years."