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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Statement on CR Vote / Budget Deal

Feb 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) released the following statement after voting against the Republican Continuing Resolution and Senate Budget Caps Deal:

“While I am pleased we are talking today about a broader and longer deal that is a first step in giving more certainty and needed investments, I cannot vote for a deal that leaves too many Americans behind and spends billions of additional dollars unpaid for with little debate. Let me be clear, there are important priorities in this bill, and I support many of them. However, there are moments when you need to take a principled stand on the founding values of our nation, and I believe that moment is now. I have always said that our budgets are not just fiscal documents, but moral documents as well. By leaving Dreamers behind and putting us on a path to a trillion dollar deficit when combined with the reckless Republican tax bill, this deal does not meet my moral standard.

“We need to reject the politics of division, the forced false choices, and the manufactured crises that are all too common in Washington. We can make sure our children have access to health care and also make sure our students do not have to live in fear of being deported from the only home they have ever known. We can make sure we allow our country to pay its debts and also ensure that hardworking Americans receive the pensions they invested in and earned.  We can make sure our veterans have access to the care and benefits they have earned without deporting soldiers when they return home. When we work together, we can accomplish these things and I stand ready to work with my colleagues to do so.”