Letter to Donald J. Trump, President of the United States - Keep Government Open, Include Bipartisan Priorities


By: Adam Smith, Pramila Jayapal, Derek Kilmer, Rick Larsen, Suzan DelBene, Peter Welch, Stacey Plaskett, Thomas Davis III, Don Beyer, Jr., Donald McEachin, Bobby Scott, Lloyd Doggett II, Filemon Vela, Jr., Marc Veasey, Eddie Johnson, Gene Green, Henry Cuellar, Joaquin Castro, Sheila Jackson Lee, Beto O'Rourke, Al Green, Steve Cohen, Jim Clyburn, Jim Langevin, David Cicilline, Mike Doyle, Jr., Brendan Boyle, Dwight Evans, Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Tim Ryan, Marcia Fudge, Marcy Kaptur, Joyce Beatty, Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter, Paul Tonko, Sean Maloney, Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel, José Serrano, Joe Crowley, Adriano Espaillat, Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, Nydia Velázquez, Grace Meng, Gregory Meeks, Kathleen Rice, Ruben Kihuen, Dina Titus, Ben Lujan, Jr., Michelle Lujan Grisham, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Don Payne, Jr., Bill Pascrell, Jr., Albio Sires, Frank Pallone, Jr., Donald Norcross, Annie Kuster, Carol Shea-Porter, Alma Adams, David Price, G. K. Butterfield, Jr., Kilili Sablan, Emanuel Cleaver II, Lacy Clay, Jr., Rick Nolan, Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Brenda Lawrence, Debbie Dingell, Sandy Levin, Dan Kildee, Chellie Pingree, Jamie Raskin, Elijah Cummings, John Delaney, Steny Hoyer, Anthony Brown, John Sarbanes, Dutch Ruppersberger, Bill Keating, Stephen Lynch, Mike Capuano, Seth Moulton, Katherine Clark, Niki Tsongas, Jim McGovern, Richard Neal, Cedric Richmond, John Yarmuth, André Carson, Cheri Bustos, Bill Foster, Jan Schakowsky, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Danny Davis, Mike Quigley, Luis Gutiérrez, Bobby Rush, Tulsi Gabbard, Colleen Hanabusa, David Scott, Hank Johnson, Jr., Sanford Bishop, Jr., Mario Diaz-Balart, Frederica Wilson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Sr., Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist, Jr., Val Demings, Darren Soto, Al Lawson, Jr., Lisa Blunt Rochester, Eleanor Norton, Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes, Rosa DeLauro, John Larson, Jared Polis, Diana DeGette, Susan Davis, Scott Peters, Juan Vargas, Alan Lowenthal, Lou Correa, Mark Takano, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Linda Sánchez, Karen Bass, Norma Torres, Jimmy Gomez, Ted Lieu, Grace Napolitano, Pete Aguilar, Brad Sherman, John Kennedy, Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan, Denny Heck, Tony Cárdenas, Adam Schiff, Judy Chu, Julia Brownley, Salud Carbajal, Zoe Lofgren, Anna Eshoo, Ro Khanna, Jim Costa, Eric Swalwell, Jackie Speier, Barbara Lee, Mark DeSaulnier, Jerry McNerney, Ami Bera, Doris Matsui, Mike Thompson, John Garamendi, Jared Huffman, Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva, Tom O'Halleran, Terri Sewell, Ed Perlmutter
Date: Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President,

As you know, the Republican Congress must pass a funding resolution by January 19 to keep government open. Indeed, as we approach this latest deadline, Congress faces a long list of urgent, overdue priorities for the American people.

With Republicans in control of the House, the Senate and the White House, you do not need Democrats' votes to keep government open. In any upcoming negotiations, however, Democrats will press for the inclusion of the following bipartisan items, among others:

·Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;

·Delivering urgently needed resources for communities fighting the deadly opioid epidemic;

·Rescuing our heroic veterans who are facing a dire shortfall at the VA;

·Protecting Dreamers, whom you have publicly supported, by passing the Dream Act;

·Supporting access to health care by providing critical funding for CHIP and CHCs;

·Preserving Americans' endangered pensions by enacting a responsible reform plan

·Providing additional disaster recovery funding for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida, and states impacted by wildfires.

Mr. President, it is clear that your budget priorities and ours are in significant conflict. However, there are many bipartisan priorities that we can swiftly deliver for the good of the American people, in addition to keeping government open without interruption.

If we can't agree, your party has the majority in the House and the Senate to pass your own funding resolution. But that will be a bill we cannot support.

Thank you for your attention to our concerns.