Sen. Moran: Punting on Spending Decisions Now Will Only Make Funding the Government in February More Difficult
Dec 19 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) – released the following statement in opposition to the Senate’s Continuing Resolution to fund the government through February 8, 2019:
“The American people are tired of stop-gap funding measures and partisan politics. Rather than immediately resorting to another CR, we ought to work together to get back to the basics of governing.
“The president repeatedly indicated his interest and flexibility in striking a funding deal for FY2019. Democrat leaders’ refusal to compromise is extremely frustrating, and after speaking with numerous colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I remain convinced that we could have reached a long-term agreement that would have also better secured our borders.
“We ought not be in a position where we’re relying on last year’s appropriations bills to fund this year’s government. I’m disappointed that after Congress successfully passed appropriations bills to fund 75 percent of the federal government through 2019, we couldn’t come to an agreement for the remaining appropriations bills – including my bipartisan CJS bill, which funds vital agencies like the Department of Justice and NASA. Punting on spending decisions now will only make funding the government in February more difficult.
“Therefore, I did not support the short-term and short-sighted CR. I encourage the Senate to continue working to resolve our differences so we may move on to the important issues we have ahead of us in the new year.”
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