Shutdown never should've happened

Congressman Bob Goodlatte
2018-01-27 18:23:10
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Government Shutdown Never Should've Happened

The shutdown of the federal government last weekend never should've happened.

On January 20, the Senate, by a vote of 50-49, failed to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to begin debate on the House-passed bill to fund the federal government. Many of these Senators refused to support the bill because they had not yet secured a deal to address individuals using the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA. Good-faith negotiations to address the DACA program before its March expiration had been underway in the House and Senate for several months, and the decision to hold our government hostage by inserting that discussion into critical funding legislation was completely unnecessary and inappropriate. I remain disappointed that my colleagues in the Senate allowed negotiations on long-term budgetary agreements and on immigration to stall, and leave funding for our military and the Children's Health Insurance Program on the line.

After three days of inaction by the Senate, Senate Democrats finally agreed to stop stalling and support extending government funding. Meanwhile, I will continue working with both the House and Senate to build support for my bill, the Securing America’s Future Act, to provide DACA recipients a reasonable, long-term legislative solution while also securing our borders and reforming the legal immigration system. Click here to learn more about this bill.

The shutdown may be over, but Congress still needs to continue conversations about long-term spending solutions. Funding the federal government through short-term deals isn’t the way to govern, and I know many in the Sixth District agree. The House has passed all 12 appropriations bills needed to fund the government for 2018. I hope Senate Democrats will allow these bills to come to the floor so that Congress can stop depending on short-term fixes and fund our government with certainty. Click here to read my full weekly column.

Local Group Raising Awareness About Sex Trafficking

On Wednesday, I visited Straight Street’s Street Ransom shelter, which provides assistance to victims of sex trafficking. They are doing great work to serve individuals who have experienced extremely traumatic events and need support. Street Ransom is also working to educate the community about the growing issue of trafficking. I thank them for providing this important service. 

Highlighting Virginia Agriculture  

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the Virginia Agribusiness Council's annual event in Richmond. It was a great evening highlighting the diverse agriculture industry in the Commonwealth, and I enjoyed visiting with several producers and business owners from the Sixth District. 

Left: B&S Grillin’ Company in Lynchburg was there to show off their products! 

Right: McNett Beef in Grottoes was also one of the Sixth District businesses featured. Everyone enjoyed the beef samples!

More Good News: Benefits of Tax Reform Law Adding Up!

A Year of Pro-Life Victories

In 2017, for the first time in nearly a decade, we witnessed the transition to a new era: a federal government united for the cause of life. During the past 12 months, Congress and the Administration have worked together to protect the most vulnerable among us. What a difference one year can make.

Last January, the White House issued an executive order prohibiting foreign aid to organizations that provide or promote abortions outside the United States. The same month, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, an important bill that bans the use of taxpayer funds for abortions. Then, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, or Micah’s Law. Last Friday, the 45th anniversary of the March for Life, the House of Representatives passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act. This bill ensures that any child born alive during an abortion procedure receives the same degree of professional care to save the life of the child that any other child born alive at the same gestational age would receive. 

As I reflect on the March for Life and the support of Americans across the country for the unborn, I feel optimistic that we can achieve great successes with a unified vision of life and liberty.

Read more of my op-ed in the Daily News-Record.

 

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