Congressman Horsford Votes to Fund the Federal Government, Deliver Disaster Relief, and Prevent Catastrophic Default

September 21, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) voted for H.R. 5304, legislation to keep the federal government open and prevent a devastating default on the federal debt. The bill includes vital funding to continue federal services, help communities devastated by natural disasters, and resettle Afghan allies.

“As a member of Congress, my most fundamental responsibility is to make sure the federal government is delivering for the people of Nevada’s Fourth District,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “Tonight, Democrats voted unanimously to keep the government open and continue essential federal spending, including Social Security benefits and paychecks for members of the military. I’m deeply disappointed that Republican leadership refused to come to the table on this vote and urged their members to risk catastrophic damage to our economy. As our nation recovers from this devastating pandemic, we should be working together for the American people.”

This legislation:

  • Secures government funding through December 2021, ensuring the uninterrupted operations of essential government services and allowing for members of Congress to continue to advance appropriations priorities through the regular order process for Fiscal Year 2022.
  • Delivers emergency funding for urgent priorities, including relief funding for communities devastated by this summer’s record-breaking natural disasters and funding to resettle Afghan refugees after the historic evacuation effort in August.
  • Suspends the debt ceiling through December 2022, so that the federal government can continue to meet the financial obligations it has already made, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, services for veterans and paychecks for members of the military.

Over the last decade, Congress has come together and acted on a bipartisan basis to raise the debt limit several times. During the term of the previous president, the federal government incurred $7.8 trillion in debt, accounting for more than 27 percent of the current debt. Nevertheless, Democrats worked across the aisle to increase or suspend the debt limit three times over those four years. Only three percent of the current debt has been accumulated since the start of President Biden’s term, despite the passage of a historic relief package to help the nation recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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