Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Votes to Keep Government Open, Condemns Republican Leadership’s Irresponsible Strategy of Governing Crisis-to-Crisis

Jan 23, 2018
Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today voted in favor of the Continuing budget Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government until February 8th, 2018. The House passed the CR by a bipartisan vote of 266-150.


Rep. Nolan released the following statement regarding his vote in favor:


“When the government shuts down, nobody wins and a lot of people get hurt. In fact, shutting the government down is the only thing worse than these continuing stopgap funding bills, which only fund the government for 30 days at a time or less.


Republican leadership must stop governing from crisis to crisis – it’s irresponsible and unbelievably costly to the American people. This short-term spending bill marks the fifth one of this fiscal year. That’s no way to run a business, let alone the people’s business of the United States of America.


Moreover, funding the government for only short periods of time undermines our national security and the proper functioning of our military. As Secretary of Defense Mattis warned:


‘No enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of the U.S. military than the Combined impact of the Budget Control Act’s defense spending caps, and 9 of the last 10 years operating under Continuing Resolutions, wasting copious amounts of precious taxpayer dollars.’


-U.S. Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis, January 19th, 2018.


My Democratic colleagues and I have made our priorities clear: We must protect Americans’ pensions, fund veterans services, reauthorize community health centers, provide disaster recovery funding, and protect our Nation’s DREAMers. Republican leadership has pledged to work with us on these issues, and we will hold them to their word.”