Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres Statement on Short Term Continuing Resolution & Disaster Package

December 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement regarding votes on a four-week continuing resolution and supplemental disaster funding bill:


“Congress has been kicking the can down the road for weeks now, failing to meet our responsibilities to the people of the United States.  The attempts today to jam incomplete and inadequate funding packages through Congress further delay action on multiple urgent crises that our country is facing, and for that reason I voted no.


"I have long held firm that Congress must not leave for the holiday season before we finish our work. However, instead of working in a bipartisan, constructive manner, Congress has decided to turn off the lights and go home.  That means health care for 9 million children has been put into question, 122 DREAMers will continue to lose their protection every day, and those recovering from disasters in California, Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, won’t have the support they need. It is sickening that Republicans and the President celebrate taking health care away from America’s children in order to pay for their massive corporate tax cut.


"I urge my colleagues to remain in Washington D.C for as long as it takes to ensure all Americans see this body finish its work, and I stand ready to and willing to work with Members on both sides of the aisle to fund the government, protect DREAMers, provide urgently needed health care for children, and help our communities recover from disasters."