In a flurry of activity yesterday, the U.S. House passed yet another continuing resolution to keep the government open for another 30 days. The bill passed by a vote of 230-197.
Many of the House Democrats opposed this short term resolution. Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted against the bill and released the following:
“Short-term funding measures are no way to run government. It’s disappointing that Congressional Republicans are unwilling to sit down and work across the aisle to provide long-term certainty for important programs that Granite State families rely on. Their short-term funding measure fails to address critical needs, including resources to combat the opioid epidemic, support our veterans, fund our community health centers, and protect young Dreamers. It’s time Congressional Republicans rolled up their sleeves and sat down with Democrats to develop a responsible long-term budget that will produce real results for the American people.”
Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) also opposed the continuing resolution and released the following:
“I refuse to join House Republicans in abandoning the fundamental tasks of governing by kicking the can down the road yet again on the most basic responsibility we have, funding the government. In a hearing this afternoon, Admiral John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, said, ‘I can’t in good conscience testify before Congress about naval power without mentioning the toxic and corrosive effect of nine years of continuing resolutions and years under the Budget Control Act…The absence of stable and adequate funding for defense makes everything that our sailors and their commanders do harder. On a scale of one to ten, the importance of stable and adequate funding scores an 11.’
“This is now the fourth extension, and it is time to end the harmful cycle of lurching between short-term funding bills with the now monthly threat of a government shutdown.
“This bill fails to:
- Increase resources directed at the opioid epidemic fight
- Provide predictable funding for our military and veterans’ access to health care
- Help disaster-stricken communities
- Extend funding for community health centers
“These monthly failures to govern are simply unacceptable, and they need to end. I will continue to stand up for Granite Staters, who are sick and tired of the constant dysfunction and excuses. We need to work together to find long-term solutions to the critical issues facing our nation, instead of kicking the can down the road one month at a time.”
This is not how a government is intended to work. We can have differences in our funding priorities, but then we sit down and hash out our differences like adults. Congress needs to grow up and do what is best for the country and pass a serious multi-year budget that meets the needs of the government and the people.