Evans Votes for Budget Deal to Help Philadelphia, Domestic Programs

July 25, 2019
Press Release
Bill Ends ‘Robo-Cuts’ and Prevents Catastrophic Economic Damage That a Debt-Limit Default Would Cause

WASHINGTON (July 25, 2019) – Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) voted today for a bipartisan budget deal that will help to deliver more federal funding for Philadelphia and domestic programs in general. The agreement will also prevent the massive economic damage of a potential debt-limit default for two years.

“Democrats control one-half of one branch of government, but we were able to secure some major victories for working people in this deal. This deal prevents an automatic ‘robo-cut’ of 13 percent to non-defense spending, which would have been devastating to our social safety net and our economy. And it permanently ends the threat of those ‘automatic ‘sequester’ cuts.

“This deal should make it easier to avoid government shutdowns for two years, and it also takes away the Depression-level threat of a debt-limit default for two years. We cannot risk a financial crisis and massive job loss even worse than 2008, especially when it’s so easily preventable. This agreement protects the full faith and credit of the United States.

“The deal pushes yearly domestic spending $100 billion higher since the president took office. It also provides an additional $2.5 billion for a fair, accurate and timely Census. And it continues the historic investments secured in the previous funding agreement such as robust funding for our veterans, historic funding levels for the Child Care Development Block Grant, new resources to combat the opioid epidemic and a strong increase in the National Institutes of Health budget to boost life-saving cancer and health research. 

“With this deal and passing bills such as legislation to raise the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years, the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives is taking action to help working people. Elections have consequences!” Evans said.

Evans represents the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Northwest and West Philadelphia and parts of North, South, Southwest and Center City Philadelphia.

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