Faso and Maloney react to short-term spending deal

Both Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Rep. John Faso were disappointed that Congress passed a short-term spending bill on Thursday without resolving thorny issues that must now be hashed out in January, particularly the fate of the so-called Dreamers – people whose parents brought them to the country illegally when they were children and who now face deportation.

But Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat, opposed the stop-gap bill, and Faso, a Kinderhook Republican, voted for it. And each lobbed criticism at the other’s party for its votes and stance on the negotiations.

Maloney called the short-term measure, which passed in a party-line vote of 231- 188 and keeps the government operating until Jan. 19,  “just another example of Congress failing to do its job.”

“We have a lot of work left to do this year – not least of which is working out a long-term solution for 800,000 Dreamers who may be celebrating their last Christmas in the only country they’ve ever known,” Maloney said in a statement. “Republican leaders in Congress should push back the holiday recess and hammer this stuff out now.”

“People in the Hudson Valley know that sometimes you have to work long hours to meet deadlines around the holidays. Congress shouldn’t be any different.”

Faso argued the measure was “necessary, but disappointing in that critical issues that should have been completed by the end of the year are being delayed until January.”

Faso went on to note that the House passed all 12 appropriations bills to fund the government for a full year before the Oct. 1 deadline, but that Senate Democrats have blocked debate on the same bills and stalled them.

“Of particular concern is failure of Democrats to adopt a defense appropriations bill, which has a pay raise for the troops and increased funding for training and readiness,” Faso said. “This latter issue is particularly important given the serious accidents occurring among Navy ships in Asia over the last few months.”

He also accused Senate Democrats of blocking reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and funding for community health centers. But he said he was optimistic that a bipartisan agreement on restoring protection for Dreamers while increasing border security will be reached in January.


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