House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers gave the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement on his plan to provide amnesty for illegal immigrants tonight:
“With this new proposal, the President has once again demonstrated his willingness to act unilaterally - against the spirit of our Constitution, against the law of Congress, and against the will of the American people – to make misguided, unwarranted changes to our immigration laws.
“His flagrant disregard for our nation’s laws is not only disappointing but deeply unsettling – I won’t stand for it, and the American people won’t stand for it.
“The President’s proposal simply won’t solve the problems plaguing our nation’s immigration system – in fact, it may make things worse. Granting this kind of unilateral amnesty to illegal immigrants undermines the integrity of our laws, and at its core harms the thousands of people who have patiently waited their turn to immigrate to the United States legally.
“Rather than acting alone to extend this broad-reaching amnesty, the President should work with Congress on legislation that more completely addresses our nation’s broken immigration system, and he should start by turning back the tide of illegal immigration, fully enforcing our laws, and securing our borders – all which are crucial to any successful U.S. immigration policy.
“We have heard the collective outrage of the American people. Congress must fight this executive order tooth and nail through legislative means that will enact real change. ”
The House Republican Steering Committee today approved four new Republican Members to serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 114th Congress:
Rep. David Jolly (FL-13)
Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-02)
Rep. Evan Jenkins (WV-03)
Rep. David Young (IA-03)
Chairman Hal Rogers welcomed the new additions to the committee.
“I welcome these new members and congratulate them on their approval by the Steering Committee. Serving on the Appropriations Committee is an honor and an enormous responsibility. It takes smarts, guts, and the strength and character to do the right thing and make the best possible decisions regarding the use of American tax dollars.
“The Committee has made historic strides over the last four years to roll back discretionary spending – to the tune of over $165 billion – and to enact good-government policies to stem over-regulation, provide strong oversight over federal agencies, and to keep federal budgets in line. These new members will be essential in continuing these efforts, and I know that their leadership will enable the Committee to continue our record of success. It is a pleasure to have these new members on board, and I look forward to serving with them in the 114th Congress,” Chairman Rogers said.
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today announced that the Republican Steering Committee has approved the 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs (or “Cardinals”) for the 114th Congress.
“Over the last four years, the Appropriations Committee has taken the lead in getting our budgets under control – cutting $165 billion in federal discretionary spending, one of the largest reductions in history. Even further, Appropriations bills that have been signed into law make a host of good-government changes to the way our federal agencies operate – reining in waste, abuse, and unnecessary bureaucratic over-regulation that harms our economy.
“The 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairmen are essential to this success. They lead the way in overseeing our federal agencies, and guide spending decisions to make the most responsible and effective use of American tax dollars. Over the next two years, we will have some big challenges and a full plate of ‘to-dos’ ahead of us as we continue to fight for stability, continuity, and responsibility in the federal budget process. These excellent Subcommittee Cardinals will be a tremendous benefit to our efforts. I congratulate them and look forward to working with them in the 114th Congress,” Chairman Rogers said.
The Subcommittee Chairs are as follows:
Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development – Chairman Robert Aderholt
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science – Chairman John Culberson
Subcommittee on Defense – Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development – Chairman Mike Simpson
Subcommittee on Financial Services – Chairman Ander Crenshaw
Subcommittee on Homeland Security – Chairman John Carter
Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment – Chairman Ken Calvert
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education – Chairman Tom Cole
Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch – Chairman Tom Graves
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs – Chairman Charles Dent
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations – Chairwoman Kay Granger
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development – Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart
Today, the House Republican Conference elected Congressman Hal Rogers to a third term as Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations. Chairman Rogers made the following statement:
“I am honored and humbled that the Republican Conference has entrusted me to lead the Appropriations Committee for another two years,” Chairman Rogers said. “So far as Chairman, I have been proud to oversee the Committee’s important work funding federal government programs in a transparent, responsible way – saving the American taxpayer more than $165 billion over the past four years.
“I intend to continue these accomplishments in the next Congress. Through a return to regular order, our Committee can continue to cut wasteful spending, rein in the Obama Administration’s executive overreach, bring back responsible governing, and put our nation on a solid fiscal path.”
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers has penned an opinion editorial for Roll Call newspaper, calling on Congress to act on a full 12-bill Omnibus Appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year and avoid a government shutdown. The following will appear in the November 18th issue of Roll Call:
Our Election Mandate – Bring No-Nonsense Governing, Regularity to the Federal Funding Process
““Elections have consequences” is an oft-used phrase following a watershed election, and given the large Republican gains in the Senate, House and in states across the country, this year has clearly been no exception. I believe a major “consequence” of this election is a loud and clear mandate from the American people for Washington to stop the gridlock, work together across ideological lines and start producing real accomplishments on their behalf.
The bottom line from the election is this: The American people want a government that works for them. They want action on the issues that are meaningful and important to the country and to their daily lives. They do not want, nor will tolerate any longer, the circular and corrosive politicking that has infected our system and that is designed for quick cable TV news bites and little else.
The best way for Congress to fulfill this mandate is to bring no-nonsense governing and regularity to the federal funding process. At the core, this means “regular order” for appropriations bills — enacting funding bills on time, and in a responsible, transparent and pragmatic way, without the specter of government shutdowns or the lurching, wasteful and unproductive budgeting caused by temporary stopgap measures.
The day-to-day work of the appropriations process isn’t always headline-grabbing, but it is essential to the basic functioning of our government. It is the head-down, nose–to-the-grindstone legislation that Congress can and should enact, but that has been stymied in the past few years by internal political battles, and, frankly, a Senate that largely refused to participate in the process.
However, to get back to this regular order in the new Congress, we have to first clear the decks on the leftover, current-year appropriations work. We are now months behind in completing these annual bills, and the current temporary measure keeping the lights on in our government will expire on Dec. 11.
Each and every one of these bills contains careful, line-by-line decisions on how, when and where to invest taxpayer dollars. They reflect up-to-date priorities and ongoing budgetary needs, and contain important and often hard-fought policy items that directly address current challenges facing our economy and our communities.
Every member Congress has had the opportunity to put an imprint on these bills, and to be the voice and legislative arm for their constituents on a wide array of issues. Remember, the House Appropriations Committee has approved 11 of these bills, and the House passed seven, largely on a bipartisan basis. In fact, this year alone, the House has spent more than 86 hours on appropriations bills, considering 412 amendments. And this doesn’t even include hundreds of hours of hearings, briefings and oversight efforts on these bills and every dollar they contain.
This is the work that our constituents sent us here to do. Punting on these important duties, or even worse, throwing them overboard by resorting to a long-term continuing resolution, would waste the progress we have made, would yet again put us on an uncertain and unstable fiscal path, and would eliminate our ability to meet changing needs. Worst of all, it would send a signal to the American people, just weeks after they told us to get our acts together, that we haven’t been listening.
From addressing global crises, to streamlining our tax code, to slicing red tape and regulations that hurt our economy, to enacting policies that will move our country forward, there will be an extraordinary amount of work to do when the new Congress convenes in January. But there simply won’t be the necessary political bandwidth available to address these pressing issues if Congress is bogged down in old battles and protracted to-do lists. That is why it is critical that we pass an omnibus appropriations bill before the end of the year that will close the books on fiscal 2015, responsibly fund the government and allow the next Congress to get off to a running start.
The mandate the American people gave us at voting booths this fall is to work together, to govern, to stop the punting and procrastinating, and to make the tough decisions and cast the hard votes to accomplish the tasks they sent us to Washington to do. Completing our lingering appropriations work quickly will help us fulfill this mandate both now and in the months to come.”
The U.S. House today approved a short term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J.Res. 124) to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2014.
The legislation continues funding for government programs and services at the current annual cap rate of $1.012 trillion until December 11, 2014. This rate of funding will remain in place for the length of the CR, or until Congress approves annual Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2015.
In addition, the bill includes an amendment, adopted on the House floor, to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as requested by the President.
“This is a critical measure that ensures that hard-working Americans continue to have access to the government programs and services they rely on, and helps avoid the unnecessary uncertainty and economic harm caused by the threat of a government shutdown,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.
“In addition, the House included an amendment to provide authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight ISIL. This amendment is of great importance to our national security, and attaching it to this Continuing Resolution will allow its enactment within a swift timeframe.”
“However, this is merely a temporary, Band-Aid funding measure, and it does not make the necessary, line-by-line budget decisions that occur in full-year, regular Appropriations bills. But at this point, it is our best, most clear path forward – allowing time to draft bicameral pieces of legislation that reflect our real and urgent budgetary requirements and utilize our nation’s taxpayer dollars in the most responsible way. I applaud its passage today, and I urge the Senate to pass this bill and submit it to the President for his signature as soon as possible.”
For the full text of the legislation, please visit: https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/hjres124/BILLS-113hjres124ih.pdf
For a summary, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=392934
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present H.J.Res. 124, a short-term Continuing Resolution to keep the doors of the federal government open after the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
"H.J.Res. 124 is a critical measure that ensures that hard-working Americans continue to have access to the government programs and services they rely on, and helps avoid the unnecessary uncertainty and economic harm caused by the threat of a government shutdown.
"The bill continues government operations at the current rate of $1.012 trillion into the next fiscal year, and lasts until December 11, 2014. This level is in line with the Ryan-Murray budget agreement that this House approved last year.
"My Committee sought to draft a responsible, restrained bill that does not include controversial riders and does not seek to change existing federal policies.
"However, it does make several, very limited adjustments to prevent catastrophic or irreversible damage to critical government programs, to address pressing global crises that have surfaced in recent months, or to ensure good government. These are changes I believe all of my colleagues can support.
"These include provisions that: increase funding at the Department of Veterans Affairs to help deal with the disability claims backlog and further investigations into waitlist allegations; boost funding for Ebola research and response; provide some funding flexibility within CBP and ICE to meet border security needs; and continue a surge in funding for State Department programs that help counter regional aggression against Ukraine and other former Soviet states.
"Each of these provisions is funded within the total discretionary funding level of $1.012 trillion.
"The CR will also extend authority for certain laws currently in place, such the Internet Tax Freedom Act for the duration of the CR, and the Export-Import Bank through June 30 of next year.
"Later, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee will offer an amendment to this bill to address the President’s request for the authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight ISIL. This critical amendment will address an issue of great importance to our national security, and attaching it to this Continuing Resolution will allow its enactment within a swift timeframe. It does not involve any new or additional funding for these activities, and I hope that my colleagues in the House will support its adoption.
"This is a good bill, Mr. Speaker, but we cannot address each and every aspect of federal agency budgets within the scope of a continuing resolution like this one. These line-by-line budget decisions must be made in full-year, regular Appropriations legislation.
"I am proud that the House made great strides toward completing this vital work – which is our constitutional duty – by approving 11 Appropriations bills in Committee and seven on the floor of the House – all before the August recess.
"The House made a good-faith effort to complete these efforts – but unfortunately, the Senate has failed to approve one single Appropriations bill – which is why we are at this point today.
"It is high time that Senate leadership allows us to complete critical legislation to fund the entire federal government in an up-to-date, line-by-line way. This Continuing Resolution will allow us the time to do just that
"However, as we move forward, we cannot and should not continue to fall back on stopgap funding bills like this one. These lurching, short-term bills only postpone the tough budget decisions, heighten our nation’s mistrust of Congress, and cause uncertainty within our federal agencies and the economy.
"At this point, though, the best way to avoid causing serious damage to this nation is to pass this Continuing Resolution. It is our most clear path forward. It allows us the time we need to draft bicameral pieces of legislation that reflect our real and urgent budgetary requirements and utilize our nation’s taxpayer dollars in the most responsible, representative way.
"Before I close, I would like to acknowledge the service and hard work of the clerk of the Defense Subcommittee, Tom McLemore. Over his years on this Committee, he has been an integral member of the staff – no more so than his time as Defense clerk. Sadly, this will be his last bill with us before he moves onto greener pastures, and we will miss him a great deal. Thank you, Tom, for your service to this Committee and to the nation.
"With that said, we have just under two weeks left until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, so I ask that the House pass H.J.Res. 124 today, without delay. I also urge the Senate to pass this bill and submit it to the President for his signature as soon as possible. Thank you, and I yield back."
"Good evening, Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter, and ladies and gentlemen of the Committee.
"Thank you for having me here before you today to present H.J.Res. 124, a short-term Continuing Resolution to keep the government open and operating after the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
"This critical measure will prevent a government shutdown by funding government programs and services at the current fiscal year 2014 rate of $1.012 trillion through December 11, 2014. This is in line with the Ryan/Murray Budget Agreement that was approved by the Congress last year.
"My Committee sought to draft a bill that is responsible and restrained, is free of controversial riders, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.
"The underlying bill does make a few, very limited adjustments to prevent catastrophic or irreversible damage to government programs, or to address national or global crises that have arisen in recent months.
"These include provisions that: extend the authority for critical DoD activities that provide rewards for helping capture terrorists and that continue current counter-drug programs; increase funding at the Department of Veterans Affairs to help with disability claims processing and investigations into waitlist allegations; boost funding for Ebola research and response; meet border security needs by providing funding flexibility within Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and continue a surge in funding for State Department programs to counter regional aggression toward Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries.
"The bill also extends the authority of the Internet Tax Freedom Act through the duration of the CR and the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015.
"All of these provisions are funded within the total level of discretionary funding in the legislation.
"However, this temporary measure does not reflect the overall changing budgetary needs of the nation the same way regular Appropriations legislation does.
"Clearly, it would be my preference to have enacted actual, line-by-line Appropriations bills ahead of our September 30 deadline. The House made great strides toward completing this vital work; in fact, we passed 11 of the 12 bills through Committee and seven through the House before the August work period.
"Unfortunately, the Senate has yet to approve a single bill, and as this deadline closes in, we must make the necessary steps to ensure that the federal government does not shut down and to buy us the time to complete full-year Appropriations legislation.
"That means we must pass this continuing resolution in short order, so that we can send it to the Senate for their swift approval as well.
"It is my hope that in the future, we will no longer need to resort to these lurching, short-term funding bills that punt on the tough budget decisions and heighten uncertainty in our government and our economy.
"But for now, we must pass this bill as soon as possible to avoid causing any additional harm to this nation. This is our best path forward, and I urge my colleagues to support it on the floor.
"I am here before this Committee today to seek an appropriate rule on this bill, providing for its timely consideration and passage. We have just a couple of weeks until the end of the fiscal year – and passage of this legislation is of the utmost importance.
"It is also my understanding that Chairman McKeon will seek an amendment to the bill to address the President’s request for authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight against ISIL. This is a critical issue, and I believe it is in our national security interest for Congress to act quickly to provide this authority. Therefore, I support a rule that allows this amendment to be considered by the full House.
"Before I yield back, I’d also like to mention that we’ve asked for an amendment with three small technical changes. One is related to the collection of recreation fees by the Department of Interior and the Forest Service. This change will ensure park passes can continue to be available during the term of the CR. Another change corrects a reference to the FY14 appropriation for the LIHEAP program. And finally, the sections related to funds to address the Ebola outbreak would be modified to resolve some technical issues raised by the Administration.
"Thank you for your consideration. I yield back."
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J.Res.124) to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2014.
The legislation continues funding for government programs and services at the current annual cap rate of $1.012 trillion until December 11, 2014. This rate of funding will remain in place for the length of the continuing resolution, or until Congress approves the annual Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2015. The bill is “clean” and does not contain highly controversial provisions.
Chairman Rogers gave the following statement on the introduction of the CR:
“We have reached the point where a Continuing Resolution is necessary to keep the government functioning and avoid another shutdown. It is a critical piece of legislation, and my Committee has crafted the bill in a responsible, restrained way that should draw wide support in the House and Senate. This bill is free of controversial riders, maintains current levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.
“However, this is a temporary, imperfect measure that does not reflect the changing needs of the nation or new budget priorities. In order to adequately address the country’s real and urgent budgetary requirements, it is imperative that Congress fulfill its Constitutional duty and enact actual, line-by-line Appropriations legislation for the next fiscal year.
“The House has made great strides in completing this vital work, approving 11 Appropriations bills in Committee and seven on the floor of the House. Unfortunately, the Senate has failed to approve a single one. While the Continuing Resolution introduced today will buy us time, Senate leadership must allow the completion of Appropriations legislation to fund the entire federal government – not continue on this path of piecemeal, lurching, short-term bills that punt on hard budget decisions and cultivate uncertainty in our government and our economy.”
Continuing Resolution Summary:
Length and Level of Funding – The CR extends funding for operations for all federal agencies, programs and services until December 11, 2014. The bill provides funding at the current annual rate of $1.012 trillion.
General Items – Virtually all existing policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted fiscal year 2014 Appropriations legislation will carry forward in this CR. The bill does not include new controversial riders, or large changes in existing federal policy.
However, the CR does include some changes to existing law that are needed to prevent catastrophic, irreversible, or detrimental changes to government programs, to address current national or global crises, or to ensure good government. These provisions are funded within the total level of funding in the legislation. Some of these provisions include:
For the full text of the legislation, please visit: www.rules.house.gov
Chairman Rogers issued the following statement on the bill:
“Thousands of illegal immigrants have flooded our borders and overwhelmed our current facilities and personnel. This includes a staggering number of children – arriving with no family – who are being smuggled across our borders by criminal organizations, subject to violence and abuse. We need to put safeguards in place to prevent them from taking this dangerous journey, as well as provide the resources needed to take care of them and process them appropriately.
“The President must take the lead on this by mitigating this crisis, turning back the tide of illegal immigrants, and fully enforcing our laws. In the meantime, however, this bill will help our law enforcement personnel and federal agencies deal with this dire situation in the short term by providing $659 million in funding for border security, humanitarian assistance, and prevention to meet the most urgent needs. This funding is fully offset, and will not add a penny to our deficit.
“This is a good bill that will help address our immediate crisis, while putting into place much needed policy changes to strengthen our borders and stem the rising tide of illegal immigration. I applaud its passage today.”
For a bill summary, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=389562
For the bill text, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/07.29.14_FY_2014_Supplemental_Appropriations_Bill.pdf
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