REP. BARRAGÁN TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE FUNDING BILL
February 8, 2018
Contact: Michael Soneff
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-San Pedro) issued the following statement regarding her upcoming vote against the latest House funding bill:
“The latest Republican House funding bill, which provides funding to keep the government open until March 23, 2018 and explodes the deficit, fails to reflect one of my highest priorities: protections for the 800,000 Dreamers who are in limbo.
In my short time in Congress, Republican leadership has sent the message that they don’t need Democrats. Right now they do. If Republicans want my vote, then they need to include protections for DACA recipients. Such a deal would reflect my values, and it’s the right thing to do. For too long, Republican leadership has paid lip service to the DACA issue yet has failed to act. When over 80% of the American people agree on an issue and there is bipartisan support in Congress, yet the Republican leadership has failed to allow debate on the issue and a vote on the House floor, it is a shame. It is no wonder the American people disapprove of Congress.
When we look back on this vote, I want to be on the right side of history. I want history to reflect that in tough times I stood with Dreamers. It is not right that they are being held hostage. Dreamers are our doctors, teachers, military personnel, neighbors and family.
My vote is one of principle and one of commitment. Unlike others who have gone back on their word, I will not.”
Nanette Díaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts, Willowbrook and Wilmington