Larsen Statement on Short-Term Continuing Resolution

Dec 21, 2017 Issues: Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement after voting against the short-term 2018 Continuing Resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“There is a ‘Scrooge’ every holiday season and this year – it’s Congressional Republicans. The best holiday gift Congress could give hardworking families is knowing their children will still have health insurance. However, Congressional Republicans chose to prioritize a greedy tax bill that favors corporations and the wealthiest Americans instead of the Children Health’s Insurance Program (CHIP).

It is inexcusable that Congress continues to delay reauthorizing of CHIP, which over 5,700 children in Washington state’s Second Congressional District depend on for comprehensive, high-quality health care. For years, the state’s Apple Health for Kids program has provided hardworking families in the Pacific Northwest with access to affordable health coverage to ensure that children can learn, grow and thrive.

“Washingtonians deserve a better deal. Congress needs to get serious and start working to reach a budget compromise that both sides can agree on, not continue to fund the government two weeks at a time while vital safety-net programs lay in wait for crucial resources.”