Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy Statement On Funding Legislation

I am glad that we were able to reach a bipartisan agreement to keep the government of the American people open for business and avoid the devastating consequences of a government shutdown.  I am especially glad this agreement does not include a single penny for the construction of a misguided wall along our southern border.  A wall the president promised Mexico would pay for, and a wall that would be nothing more than a bumper sticker monstrosity.   

This bipartisan agreement eliminates more than 160 poison pill riders that would have been devastating to the environment, put restrictions on consumer financial protections and attacked the Affordable Care Act.   Such riders have no place in a must pass spending bill.  

This is a good agreement for the American people, and I want to thank Chairman Cochran for his leadership.

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