Linda Sánchez Statement on House Passage of Budget Agreement
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair, today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a government funding bill without taking action to help Dreamers:
“Democrats have relentlessly fought for the priorities of America’s working families. Over the last few months our unity and steadfastness has secured additional funding for many important bipartisan priorities including health care, disaster aid, the fight against opioid abuse, veterans, and our national security. At every turn our refusal to concede to the extreme demands of Republicans has ensured a brighter future for all Americans. We should be proud of these hard-fought achievements.
“But I am greatly frustrated and disappointed that the Republican leadership has continued to stubbornly stand in the way of a bipartisan agreement on securing the future of Dreamers. All we have asked for is a chance to vote on the Dream Act. If given the opportunity, I know that the votes are there to send this bill to the president’s desk. We just need a vote.
“Speaker Ryan’s most recent predecessor, John Boehner, said, ‘As the chamber closest to the people, the House works best when it is allowed to work its will.’ With just three weeks left before the deadline to pass a permanent legislative solution to protect Dreamers, I implore the Speaker to allow the House to vote. Instead of kowtowing to the extremes in the Republican Party, Paul Ryan needs to show real leadership and be the Speaker for the entire House of Representatives. With nearly 80 percent of the country supporting legal status for Dreamers, it seems everyone knows this is the right thing to do except for Speaker Ryan.”