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Congressman Cleaver Maintains Stance on Funding The Government, Says “No” to Short Term CR

Jan 22, 2018
Press Release
The government can no longer continue to operate without a budget, must end continuing resolutions.

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II intends to vote “no” on the short term spending bill. The country cannot continue to operate on piecemeal spending legislation. The bill on the House floor today would only provide funding for the next three weeks and fails to address the domestic and military spending caps to better support hard working families and to enhance our national security.

“Congress hasn’t passed a budget in years. We have been operating on short term continuing resolutions and now we are prepared to vote on a fourth one this year. I cannot, in good conscience, vote for something that I deem as irresponsible,” said Congressman Cleaver.

It is imperative that Congress pass a long-term appropriations bill in addition to finding solutions to several key issues facing the country. Though this bill reauthorizes CHIP for six years, it does not provide funding for community health centers. Additionally the bill does nothing to save American’s endangered pensions – an issue that has been a priority for many in my district. DREAMers are offered no protection under this legislation and will continue to face the threat of deportation. President Trump created this crisis and has yet to calm their worries.

“Businesses can’t plan their fiscal year without knowing how much to spend, or what to spend it on. Even non-profit organizations and churches can’t operate without a budget. Why does the President or Congress, for that matter, believe the government can operate in this way. It is time to stop and do the job we were elected to do,” said Congressman Cleaver.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.