House Democrats Kill Disaster Funding Measure
Jan 16, 2019
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after House Democrats included a last minute amendment to H.R. 268, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019, that ensured it would not pass the Senate.
H.R. 268 would provide $12.1 billion in disaster funding to states impacted by wildfires and hurricanes last year, but Democrats amended the bill the night before passage to include a continuing resolution to fund the government until February 8th, which did not include any funds for improved border security. The Senate has made clear they will not consider a funding bill that lacks funding for border security.
LaMalfa said: “This critical disaster funding bill has been in the works for weeks, and now Democrats have pulled a bait and switch and completely derailed it at the last minute. The Senate has made it clear they won’t consider a funding bill that lacks border security and the President has said he wouldn’t sign it. This was not a good faith attempt to re-open the government, nor was it a serious attempt at providing much-needed disaster funding to those who desperately need it. The people of Northern California that were affected by the Carr Fire and Camp Fire can’t afford these political games – a standalone disaster funding bill would’ve passed both chambers easily. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi is more concerned with obstructing the President than helping people recover from wildfires and securing our border.”
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.