Last week, Democratic leaders in Congress negotiated with President Trump to ensure that our government stays fully funded for the next three months. Today, Republicans in the House are forcing a vote on a long-term funding bill that is full of the wrong priorities. It is a cruel bill, and I staunchly oppose it. In addition to cutting critical initiatives that help families and businesses succeed, the bill also includes dozens and dozens of damaging “policy riders.” These controversial policy changes – like defunding Planned Parenthood and cutting off funding for the Affordable Care Act – have no place in a bill that we need to keep our government running.
In June, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) and I led 180 House Democrats in writing a letter opposing the inclusion of these extremist riders in the FY2018 federal funding bill.
Below is a sampling of some of the worst provisions included in the Republican bill:
Threatens women’s health: Eliminates Title X Family Planning and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program,…