Shaheen Statement Following Today’s Vote on the Republican Stop-Gap Government Funding Proposal

September 27, 2016

(Washington D.C.) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after voting against the stop-gap government funding proposal introduced by Republican leadership:

“It’s disturbing that Republican leadership are picking and choosing which communities to provide emergency assistance,” said Shaheen. “This would set a terrible precedent. Congress should urgently deliver resources to Louisiana flood victims. However, I can’t understand why this bill ignores the crisis in Flint, doesn’t provide funding needed to respond to the opioid epidemic, yet manages to include a special-interest loophole to hide the political contributions of corporations. Instead of providing immediate resources to fight the opioid epidemic, this bill delivers an empty promise that won’t deliver any real dollars to communities in need. There’s no reason why Congress can’t work in a bipartisan way to fund the government while meeting the urgent needs of communities in crisis and avoiding special interest provisions.”

Last week, Senator Shaheen released a statement on the lack of opioid funding included in the Republican proposal, saying “communities in New Hampshire and across the country desperately need resources to address this epidemic -- not smoke and mirrors.”