MALONEY, MENG COMMENT ON SPENDING DEAL:
Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement about the spending bill passed by the House on February 14th: “Donald Trump lost big in this agreement. A year ago, the president was offered $20 billion for border security by a bipartisan group of senators in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for eligible young immigrants, Dreamers, but he rejected it. Heading into this latest negotiation, the president demanded $5.7 billion for a new border wall. Tonight’s bill provides just $1.375 billion for border security and is restricted only to previously approved designs, ruling out the president’s border wall proposal.
“On the other hand, we got some big wins for progressive priorities. We got an increase of $1 billion – for a total of $3.8 billion – for the Census Bureau. As the co-chair of the House Census Caucus, I have been spelling out how much the bureau needs these funds to ensure a fair and accurate count in the 2020 Census.
“We also secured $178 million to combat the DNA evidence backlog – an initiative created through the Debbie Smith Act that I authored in 2004 to help rape and sexual assault survivors get justice and put perpetrators behind bars. No survivor should be denied justice because their local police department doesn’t have the funds to test their rape kit.
“This bill recognizes the importance of investing in transportation and housing to the tune of $17 billion. That includes $22.6 billion for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and $2.6 for Federal Transit Administration New Starts, the program which helped bring Phase One of the Second Avenue Subway to NYC and will help us finally complete the Phase Two and full build.
“And in paying thanks to hardworking federal employees, this bill includes a much deserved 1.9% raise for federal civilian employees, overriding President Trump’s decision to deny the pay raise. Federal workers keep our country running and they deserve this raise.
“I was proud to vote yes on this bill tonight and I hope the president will put the country and hardworking Americans over his ego and sign it quickly.”