Leahy Statement On The Continuing Resolution

I am glad that we have reached a bipartisan agreement to keep the government funded through February 18 that includes needed funding to support Afghan refugees.  These brave men and women were our allies through 20 years of war, and we have an obligation to support them as they begin their new lives.    

Since May, I have called for bipartisan, bicameral negotiations with the White House to establish toplines.  On October 18, Senate Democrats released a comprehensive opening offer in an effort to jumpstart these negotiations and let our Republican colleagues and the American people know our values.  Since then we have been met with nothing but deafening silence.  Further refusal to meet at the negotiating table will only undermine national security, our ability to invest in American families, and our capability to respond to the coronavirus and its emerging variants. 

This agreement gives us time to resolve our differences and do our work on behalf of the American people.  I look forward to continuing to work with my dear friend Vice Chairman Shelby in the Senate and with Chair DeLauro and Ranking Member Granger in the House.

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