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Roe Supports Legislation to Pay Federal Employees

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Washington, January 24, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting for the Motions to Recommit H.J. Res. 28, H.J. Res. 31 and H.R. 648:

“House Democrats have refused to negotiate with President Trump and have instead repeatedly brought forth government funding bills that cannot become law. Over the past week I was proud to support three Republican motions that earned bipartisan support that would ensure federal employees receive pay during the current lapse in funding. Unfortunately, the majority of House Democrats blocked these motions from passing. It is long past time for House and Senate Democrats to come to the table. Before it was even announced it over the weekend, Speaker Pelosi rejected President Trump’s reasonable compromise that includes funding for a physical barrier, which is critical to border security, along with other immigration priorities long favored by Democrats. It should not be this hard to find middle ground on what amounts to one-tenth of one percent of the federal budget. Hopefully, Democrats will agree to have a serious conversation about legislation that can pass both chambers and earn the president’s signature in the near future.”

Note: The Motion to Recommit H.J. Res. 28 failed the House by a vote of 195 – 222 on January 17, the Motion to Recommit H.J. Res. 31 failed the House by a vote of 200 – 214 on January 24 and the Motion to Recommit H.R. 648 failed the House by a vote of 200 – 215 on January 23, 2019.  The motions would have provided funding to federal agencies for which appropriations have lapsed so that federal employees could receive their current paychecks.
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