January 17, 2018

Udall Opposes House GOP’s Temporary Funding Proposal with No Solution for DREAMers

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall declared his opposition to the House Republicans’ proposal to yet again temporarily fund the government through Feb. 16 without addressing the nation’s critical priorities. The Republican bill doesn’t include protection for 800,000 DREAMers – including 7,000 in New Mexico – whose legal status is in jeopardy because President Trump canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It also would further weaken the Affordable Care Act, putting more New Mexicans at risk of losing health insurance they depend on, and it fails to include disaster assistance for Puerto Rico, Texas and other regions still recovering from last year’s devastating storms and wildfires.

He released the following statement:

“The Republicans’ bill is irresponsible, and l can’t support it. We need to stop kicking the can down the road, vote on a bipartisan Dream Act, and work together on a responsible bipartisan budget agreement that adequately funds our national security and the needs of our communities -- in New Mexico and across the nation. So President Trump and the Republicans have a choice: they can either come to the table and negotiate in good faith on a responsible funding agreement and protection for DREAMers – or they can cause a government shutdown.”