Congressman Evans Statement on “Yes Vote” on Budget Deal

February 9, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) released the following statement after voting “Yes” on the budget deal brought before the House this morning:

“We should have never been in the position of shutting down the government; so first and foremost I want you to know that I firmly believe it’s our job as a Congress to keep our government up and running and staffed to the provide you with the vital services hard-working Americans deserve. This morning, I voted “Yes” on the budget deal because it reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); provides critical funding to lifelines such as our Community Health Centers and the National Institutes of Health (NIH); allocates vital funds for domestic spending and funds to address the Opioid crisis; takes care of our retired mine workers; and provides helpful defense spending. Although the budget deal is by no means perfect I firmly believe it does more help than harm to our neighborhoods nationwide,” Congressman Evans said.

“I want you to know that my vote this morning is no way an endorsement for building a wall or keeping Dreamers out of our neighborhoods. Our Dreamers are our students, military service members, teachers, scientists, doctors, and lawyers; more than that they are our friends and our neighbors. Each and every day they are contributing to our economy and the vibrancy of our neighborhoods. With this we have to understand that our elections have consequences. One of the realities we face due to these consequences is a lack of control in our legislative process. The Republicans control all three branches of government and because of this fact they control the three P’s—the process, politics and policy. It is wrong for Speaker Ryan to hold the nation hostage and deny hard-working Pennsylvanians and Americans nationwide a vote on our Dreamers. As your voice in Congress I am thinking about the needs of residents in the Second District each and every time I cast a vote on the House Floor. I voted in favor of the budget because I felt the benefits outweighed the negatives. Please know just as you elected me to this body to serve I will always do the best job I can to represent your values, views and beliefs in a way that is honest, fair and does not embarrass residents who are proud to call the Second District home. That is exactly what this morning’s ‘Yes’ vote was all about,” Evans said.

The Second Congressional District is home to a number of world-class medical institutions and federally qualified health centers like: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Chestnut Hill Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hahnemann University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson Health, Bryn Mawr, Lankenau Medical Center, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children/Philadelphia and Temple University Hospital.

Since being sworn into Congress on November 14, 2016 Congressman Evans has spoken with medical professionals and patients to listen to their views and thoughts on our current healthcare system during his visits to numerous medical facilities, hospitals and federally qualitied health centers during his healthcare tours of the Second District.