WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after voting against a continuing resolution that fails to provide a solution for DREAMers or for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP):
“Every day, more than 100 DREAMers – young Americans who know no other home – lose their status and are put at risk for deportation. That’s unacceptable.
“Every day, the families of nine million children live in limbo as Congress continues to kick the can down the road on children’s health care. That’s unacceptable.
“We were sent here to solve problems for the American people, not push the tough issues off for a later date. Lives are at stake, and delay is not a solution. Congress urgently needs to pass the DREAM Act and a long-term solution for CHIP, and this continuing resolution does not come close to meeting the challenge before us.”