Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement about her vote for today's fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill:
"While today's omnibus appropriations bill was not the bill Democrats would have written, I voted to support this bill because we won substantial victories in support of the American people.
"The bill included funding for year-round Pell Grants, which was one of my top educational priorities in support of students from low-income and middle-class families. The omnibus bill also increased the National Institutes of Health budget by $2 billion, which is essential to continuing medical research to defeat the world's cruelest diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer's.
"Additionally, Democrats were successful in defeating language which would have repealed the funds needed to protect 24 million Americans who receive their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The bill's language to defund Planned Parenthood was also removed, ensuring that millions of women will continue to receive life-saving screenings and exams from this organization.
"As a strong supporter of America's immigrant population, I am pleased the omnibus allocates no money to build Trump's border wall or to hire additional ICE agents -- neither of which is necessary. Also removed from this omnibus was poison-pill language which would have cut grant funding to cities and municipalities which the Trump Administration considers to be sanctuary cities.
"Finally, while this omnibus funds the government to the end of this fiscal year, we are also moving forward with the fiscal year 2018 appropriations process. As that process continues, I will keep fighting to protect our American values and the interests of the American people, including our immigrant community which helps to make our country great."