New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes Statement on Government Funding and Harvey Aid Package

Sep 8, 2017
Press Release

Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement after voting to raise the debt ceiling, avoid a government shutdown, and provide Hurricane Harvey relief:

“The full faith and credit of the United States should never be used as a bargaining chip - the consequences of failing to raise the debt limit are far too dire. Today, in a glimmer of hope for bipartisanship, I joined my colleagues to increase the debt limit and avoid a government shutdown.

“Most importantly, today Democrats and many Republicans came together to look out for our Southern neighbors who have faced hurricane winds after many Members turned their backs on the Northeast four years ago.

“Today’s vote is no cause for celebration. While we achieved several important things, we still have hard work ahead of us in December to ensure the government funds the right priorities to create jobs for the American people and enhance our quality of life, instead of toying around with the dangerous fiction that is the debt ceiling. I hope that come December we have a bipartisan approach where everyone is sitting down at the table, listening to reasonable ideas from both sides.”