March 22, 2024

New Dems Announce Support for Government Funding Package to Avoid Costly Shutdown, Call on House GOP to Bring Up National Security Legislation for a Vote

Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Annie Kuster (NH-02), Vice Chair for Communications Brad Schneider (IL-10), and Vice Chair for Policy Derek Kilmer (WA-06) issued a statement following the release of the bipartisan six-bill appropriations package that would fund federal initiatives related to defense, homeland security, health care, foreign operations, and more. 

New Dem Members fought for and successfully secured provisions to lower prescription drug and child care costs, support robust workforce development initiatives, safeguard women’s access to reproductive healthcare, strengthen our nation’s defense capabilities, surge resources to restore order at the border, and more.

“As we have done throughout the 118th Congress, New Dems are once again prepared to deliver the votes to prevent a costly and harmful government shutdown and get results for the American people. 

“We commend Democratic negotiators for producing a package that adheres to the funding levels established by last May’s bipartisan Fiscal Responsibility Act, rejects the most extreme proposed cuts and policies sought by far-right Republicans, and includes the transformative Community Project Funding secured by New Dems for their districts.

“Unfortunately, this final package will come to the floor for a vote nearly six months late. House Republicans’ chaotic and reckless approach to the appropriations process has jeopardized our economy, the well-being of the American people, our national security, and confidence in Congress’ ability to govern.

“As New Dems prepare to support this legislation, we implore Speaker Johnson and House Republican Leadership to live up to their commitments and immediately bring to the floor a national security funding bill that will support our allies Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, while delivering essential humanitarian aid to Gaza. Now is the time to restore certainty and stability in Congress – our global security depends on it.”