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March 22, 2018

Reps. Denham and Aguilar Statement on Omnibus Appropriations Bill Vote

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) issued the following joint statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.

“While there are many things in here that we support, we are united in our belief that it is an incomplete deal without a DACA solution. President Trump set a six-month deadline for Congress to address DACA, and Congress failed to meet that deadline on March 5. After hundreds of conversations with members on both sides of the aisle, we remain confident that we can pass a bipartisan bill to give these young people the certainty they deserve; we only need the chance to hold a vote. The House must take up debate on DACA bills in front of the American public. The Denham rule was introduced to bring to the floor the DACA proposals that are out there today — the clean Dream Act, the USA Act, Chairman Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future Act, and a bill of Speaker Ryan’s choice — and consider them all under a queen-of-the-hill rule. With a growing number of Republican cosponsors on this rule, including over 40 in the first week, we have strong bipartisan support for this measure to facilitate an open debate on DACA in the House. We look forward to continuing the fight to provide a permanent solution for Dreamers and a fix to our broken immigration system when the House returns next month.”