Linda Sánchez Statement Opposing the Republican FAA Extension Bill
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement in opposition to the Republican FAA Extension Bill under consideration in the House today:
“Millions of Americans are in need of help for their government following the impact of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Unfortunately, what Republicans included in their FAA extension bill leaves out important tools to help our fellow Americans rebuild their homes and their lives. The American people are hurting and it is time for congressional Republicans to put the partisan games aside and actually start helping people.
“This bill is a prime example of how Republicans continue to choose the ‘go-it-alone’ strategy and why it continues to fail. Without input from Democrats, Republicans left out bipartisan priorities like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers extenders, and critical tax relief provisions to help victims of natural disasters that were included for victims of prior disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
“Getting disaster relief to our fellow Americans should be the easiest bill for Congress to pass. It should be a no brainer to send the help they need as quickly as we can. The American people are tired of political gamesmanship when they are trying to get back on their feet. We need to do the right thing and pass a clean and comprehensive disaster aid bill.”