While the deadline looms to continue funding the federal government for this year, a few Democrats from the Congressional Black Caucus have voiced their displeasure at the latest continuing resolution passed by the House.
The House Republican majority has been committed to cutting spending in Washington D.C. at every level possible. As a result, they are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to removing funding from programs that have been touted by Democrats in past sessions of Congresses.
The continuing resolution is legislation that provides the funds to make the federal government operate. This includes money to fund the salaries of government employees and keep federal offices in Washington, D.C. and around the country open and operating. The House passed a new resolution 235-189 to replace the current one that expires March 4. Not one Democrat voted for the bill.
Specifically, the bill made $61 billion in cuts to several programs with direct connections to the African-American community. They included schools under the Title I educational program and the teachers and staff who serve them. There were also cuts to Pell Grants for college students, job training efforts, and community outreach resources.
Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) did not mince words when describing the effect of the Republican bill on communities of color.
“Frankly its ‘a nervous breakdown on paper’ and will deny our children critical education opportunities, eliminate necessary job training programs, and threaten the livelihood of local community organizations across the country that provide assistance to those in our community,” Cleaver said in a written statement.
“Our success as a nation is reliant on the accomplishments of every community. Until we grasp that concept, as a nation, we will never see the full potential of this country,” Cleaver added.
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) also weighed in on what he feels are cuts that are too harsh on his Hoosier State constituents.
“Under this proposal, devastating cuts will be made to transportation projects resulting in the loss of more than 3,000 private-sector jobs in Indiana. Hoosier college students will see their maximum Pell Grant awards lowered by $647 for the coming school year. The Republican proposal also jeopardizes the consumer protections that are the cornerstone of the Wall Street Reform law,” Carson said in a statement provided by his office.
The Democratic Senate leadership has already said they will not vote for the continuing resolution as it stands in the House. They will have to race against the clock to find a workable solution that both parties can agree on.
Congress is on break for the week of President’s Day. Once back on the Hill on February 28, they will only have five days to come up with a solution before the government is forced to shut down. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) did introduce another continuing resolution that would grant an extension until March 31. It has not yet been voted on.