Washington, DC—Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Debbie Stabenow and Robert Menendez today discussed how Republicans and the President have blocked at every turn Democrats’ efforts to address America’s priorities. While we have been able to accomplish many of our goals, there is still much left to do. But Bush Republicans are holding America’s priorities hostage, refusing to fund critical needs at home unless we pour more money into Iraq.
“Republicans in Congress seem to be satisfied with the status quo,” Schumer said. “But when that means denying healthcare to 9 million uninsured children, allowing two million families to lose their homes, gas at $3.00 a gallon and rising, and giving the President a blank check to spend $500 billlion on the wrong strategy in Iraq, Republicans in Congress seem to be the only people satisfied with the status quo.”
Said Stabenow: “From blocking health care for millions of children of working families to refusing to change course in Iraq, the Bush Administration and their Republican allies continue to slow the work of Congress and defy the will of the American people. This is a concerted Republican effort to block this Congress from working together to get things done for middle-class American families.”
“This year, it has become ever clearer that the ‘R’ next to the names of our friends from across the aisle stands for ‘Roadblock,’” Menendez said. On a whole range of basic, kitchen table, pocketbook issues that Americans discuss with their families every day , the president and his party have inexplicably chosen to pick a fight. This is a president and a party who say no, no, no when it comes to investing in our families, but yes, yes, yes when it comes to more troops, more time and more money for their stay the course plan in Iraq.”