Curbelo: I Won't Vote for Spending Bill Past Dec. 31 Until DACA Issue is Resolved

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Miami, Florida, November 28, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) today announced he will not be supporting any appropriations bills that fund the government past December 31st unless the DACA crisis is resolved with a permanent solution through Congressional action.

Curbelo made the announcement while speaking on a panel with CNN Contributor Ana Navarro and Representatives Frederica Wilson (FL-24) and Ted Deutch (FL-22) at the IMPAC Fund’s immigration summit today at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

“DACA recipients are overwhelmingly, contributing to local communities and our nation in a positive way as business owners, employees, students, and many even want to serve in our military,” Curbelo said. “We cannot allow their future to continue to be questioned into the new year. I urge House leaders to bring a solution for these young immigrants to the floor so we can urge our colleagues in the Senate to act. Lives and livelihoods are on the line, and time is running out. We can and should get this done.”

While Curbelo would consider supporting a short-term spending measure to avoid an immediate shutdown, he will not support a bill that funds the government past Dec. 31st unless Congress moves on a permanent solution for DACA recipients. The current Continuing Resolution expires on December 8th.  

A partial transcript of Curbelo’s remarks is available below. Video of his announcement is here. Video of the full panel discussion will be available later today on Curbelo’s YouTube channel.

 

Curbelo: I Won't Vote for Spending Bill Past Dec. 31 Until DACA Issue is Resolved
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
November 28, 2017
https://youtu.be/RGumwUpkzr0

Representative Carlos Curbelo: “My view is I would support any of these bills. I don’t care which one gets passed. We need to get this done. How it gets done is less important to me.

“But, I will make some news here of particular interest to our friends in the fourth estate. I am announcing today that I will not support any appropriations bill that funds the government beyond December 31st unless we get this DACA issue resolved.

“And by the way, it doesn’t have to be included in the spending bill, but it has to get done. Again, as long as it gets done I’m okay with a stand-alone bill, if it’s part of another package, let’s just get it done.” 

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