Congressman Tim Ryan Votes in Favor of Bipartisan Budget Agreement
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted for the bipartisan budget agreement.
“This bipartisan budget agreement is far from perfect, but it represents an important step forward in breaking the gridlock that has paralyzed Congress for far too long and hurt the American people. The agreement includes billions of dollars more for critical defense and domestic programs that range from keeping our troops abroad equipped with the latest technology, to making sure our students can thrive and learn here at home. I was pleased that this deal made provisions for some additional resources to tackle the opioid and mental health crises, as well as a path forward to resolve the pension crisis being faced by so many hard working Americans.
“But I am dismayed that it took 5 temporary funding bills this fiscal year alone to get to this point. Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress are failing the most basic tasks of governing everywhere you look -- from setting a budget, to protecting the most vulnerable populations among us. GOP leadership, and Speaker Ryan in particular, should be ashamed of their refusal to bring a clean DREAM Act to the Floor. Instead, they’ve resisted the overwhelming will of the American people and tarnished our moral standing by threatening to break our promise to these young people. With the business of funding the government underway, I expect the Speaker to follow his Senate colleagues lead and immediately hold a DACA vote in the House,” said Congressman Ryan.
Other highlights of the agreement include an additional $57 billion over two years in new funding for domestic programs — $26 billion for the remainder of this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, and $31 billion for fiscal year 2019. $20 billion of that new money would go toward infrastructure initiatives. The deal also contains much needed disaster relief funding for those communities impacted by recent natural disasters. The deal also provides:
- $6 billion to fight the opioid epidemic and fund mental health initiatives
- $4 billion to repair and rebuild veterans’ health clinics
- $2 billion to fund medical research at the National Institutes of Health
- A full decade of CHIP extension
- A special select committee to tackle pension solvency