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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida


January 18, 2018
Press Release

‘I came to Congress to help change a broken system — not to be complicit in it.’

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement regarding his vote against the proposed one-month Continuing Resolution, another short-term budget extension:

“The latest Continuing Resolution to fund our government once again offers a short-term solution to a long-term problem,” Rep. Lawson said. “House Republicans continue to kick the can down the road on how and when to fund our government. This is simply unacceptable. We are four months into the fiscal year and still operating without a full-year budget. Since September, I have voted for several short-term measures that we were promised would be met with a long-term solution. I was hopeful that Congressional Republicans would be willing to make the tough decisions to govern responsibly. Unfortunately, Republican leadership has not kept their promises and continue to disappoint the American people in their inability to find long-term solutions to our budget issues.”


“House Speaker Ryan has spoken extensively on the need for compromise, but never brought Democrats to the table. Pressing issues, such as disaster relief to fund clean up after Hurricane Irma, to community health clinics, DREAMers and veteran benefits, continue to be postponed. Until there are real answers to addressing ALL of these issues — not just those pertinent to Republican leadership — I cannot support such a bill. I will NOT vote for a fourth CR in the absence of good-faith bipartisan negotiations to get our nation back on track and back to fiscal sanity. I came to Congress to help change a broken system — not to be complicit in it.”