Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: It’s Time for Democratic Leaders to Negotiate in Good Faith to Fund Critical Programs, Reopen Government

Jan 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations, issued the following statement after House Democratic leadership yet again considered legislation that will not reopen the government and fails the American people.  

“This week, Democratic leadership yet again chose to politicize the government shutdown and pass the blame. Both the White House and Republicans have made good faith efforts to negotiate legislation that will fund critical programs Americans rely on, as well as secure our border. Yet, Democratic leadership is refusing to negotiate in good faith, putting Americans at risk. Instead of coming to the table to find a solution that will reopen our government, time is being wasted on bills that will not make it to either the Senate floor or the President’s desk. On top of that, these bills totally ignore House priorities and reject a year’s worth of bipartisan, bicameral work on Appropriations bills. I cannot support dead-on-arrival bills that prevent us from reopening the government, when I know there are readily available alternatives, including the four amendments I presented in the Rules Committee this week.

“I join House Republicans in calling Democratic leadership to enter bipartisan negotiations so that we can end this unnecessary shutdown and fund programs that help our veterans, maintain our nation’s infrastructure, keep Americans moving through our airports and seaports, and protect our national security.”