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January 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put H.R. 21 (Making Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2019) on the House floor for a vote. The bill increases discretionary spending levels from the last fiscal year and repeals President Trump’s “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy.

Additionally, Democrats also brought H.J. Res. 1 (Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019) to the House floor. This bill does not provide the requested $5 billion in funding for a wall along the Southern border.

U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (R-La.) voted against the measures and released the following statement:

“The bills put before us today by Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have never been considered by the House Appropriations Committee, but they make drastic changes to our spending habits. Not only is there an increase in discretionary spending, but if passed into law, this bill will allow taxpayer dollars to support foreign abortions. Furthermore, neither bill addresses the crisis we face at our Southern border.

“President Trump has signaled he will veto these bills. This is not an attempt to end the shutdown as Speaker Pelosi has claimed she would like to do, but a political stunt to hamper the president’s agenda. Current proceedings are shameful, and the American people deserve better.”