Langevin Votes to Shield 65,000 Rhode Island Families from Effects of Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 265, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Act, 2019, and H.R. 267, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019. These are the second and third of four appropriations bills that House Democrats will pass this week to reopen government agencies that are not involved with border security. Both bills match funding levels agreed to and passed by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate last Congress.   
 
“House Democrats continue to present solutions for reopening the government agencies affected by the Trump shutdown. The funding bills we passed today will ensure 175,000 Rhode Islanders will not go hungry due to a lapse in nutrition assistance programs. They will put food safety inspectors back on the job and allow air traffic controllers to be paid for the critical work they are doing to keep the traveling public safe. They will prevent veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities from being evicted from HUD-supported housing.
 
“These are not partisan issues, and they are not partisan bills. Republicans in the Senate set these funding levels, and they passed last year with overwhelming bipartisan support. I implore the President to cease his irresponsible obsession with a border wall and reopen the government before he causes further harm to the American people and our economy.”