“The appropriations process gives Congress the ‘power of the purse.’ Yet while we hold the strings, the men and women we represent tell us where to tighten.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill of Fiscal Year 2016. This appropriations bill fully funds the Department of Justice, including the FBI, federal law enforcement activities, and drug abuse programs with $27.5 billion. This bill also fosters American innovation with investments in science and research programs, and fully funds the Department of Commerce.
“The appropriations process gives Congress the ‘power of the purse.’ It means we can can hold the Obama Administration accountable and ensure American taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently and appropriately. Yet while we hold the strings, the men and women we represent tell us where to tighten. Today, I voted to ensure our federal law enforcement agencies and counterterrorism programs are fully funded — so American families can remain safe. We invested in the future, by funding science and research programs that will strengthen our economy and make us innovative leaders around the world. I thank Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) for an effective appropriations process that is both representative and respectful of taxpayer dollars.”