An end to hard ball? A bipartisan budget bill was passed signaling change
A bipartisan bill was passed in a congress currently known for fighting on issues tooth and nail.
“I want to congratulate Democratic negotiators who were able to get the best possible deal for the American people in the delayed FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations Act. I am especially pleased that Democrats were able to:
· Fight off attempts to legislate cutting Federal funds to so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ similar to the Trump executive order which has been stayed by the courts;
· Win inclusion of $295.9 million to alleviate an emergency budget shortfall in Puerto Rico;
· Allow the Treasury Department to provide financial planning and other technical assistance to the Puerto Rican government;
· Deny President Trump’s request for US funding for a border wall which he claimed would be paid for by Mexico.
I supported all of these provisions and I’m glad that our leadership was able to win their inclusion. This is not a perfect bill and we have a lot of work to do on FY2018 spending. But this deal is welcome news.”