The bill keeps the federal government funded until Feb. 8 and renews the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, for six years. It does not, however, address the fate of the "Dreamers," immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and who enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program offering protection from deportation. Trump's decision to end the program last year means the roughly 800,000 Dreamers could be subject to deportation in March if the issue isn't resolved.
In explaining her opposition, Eshoo argued that running the federal government through short-term continuing resolutions "ignores our national security and domestic challenges, and is an abdication of leadership." While Trump and the Republicans have blamed the weekend shutdown of the federal government on Senate Democrats, the majority of whom briefly refrained from giving the bill the needed 60 votes, Eshoo and the Democrats have pointed out that Republicans, who control both chambers of the Congress, as well as the presidency, are responsible for the shutdown.
The three-day shutdown was the first time in the nation's history that the government had shut down while one party had control of the executive and legislative branches.
In a statement, Eshoo said she is "relieved that the senseless shutdown of the federal has ended, but the underlying reasons that lead to it have not gone away." She characterized the bill — and the three continuing resolutions that preceded it as only stop-gap measures — "not a budget which addresses the needs of my constituents and the American people."
"There's a difference between just keeping the lights on (Constitutional Resolutions) and having a budget, a precise road map that ultimately is a statement of our national values," Eshoo said.
Keeping the federal government running through continuing resolutions has led to a failure to get funding for disaster relief, for addressing America's opioid crisis and for community health centers, which are "careening toward running out of funds," Eshoo said.
Eshoo also said the issue of DACA, which is not in the continuing resolution, must be dealt with by Congress. Eshoo blamed House Speaker Paul Ryan for failing to bring bipartisan legislation on DACA to a vote, despite support for the program from 83 percent of the American public.
"The wrong kind of history has been made with the first government shutdown with one party in command of the executive and legislative branches," Eshoo said in the statement. "Now the just-passed CR gives Congress until February 8 to help restore the confidence of the American people who deserve so much more. I will give my all to help us get there."
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