WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed legislation funding the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.
“The People’s House is prioritizing the security of Americans and their families by keeping our promise to rebuild our military. In addition to giving our troops their biggest pay raise in eight years, this funding bill directs critical resources to our defense and it fully meets the requests made by Secretary Mattis and our military leaders. It will provide the certainty they need to close the readiness gap, train our troops, and equip a 21st Century force that is prepared to defend our nation.
“This funding bill also targets needed investments in priorities that will improve the health and safety of Americans everywhere. Specifically, it builds on our ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, improve care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, modernize America’s crumbling infrastructure, increase school safety, and support our scientists and researchers at the National Institutes of Health who are on the verge of major medical breakthroughs.”
“While the FY2018 omnibus ends the dangerous cycle of short-term continuing resolutions for now, this process is badly broken and it must be fixed. The constant threat of government shutdowns is diminishing the people’s trust in Congress’s ability to govern effectively. To restore trust and confidence, I will continue to press for solutions that will unlock the appropriations process so Congress can stop lurching from one crisis to the next.”
Note: Chair McMorris Rodgers introduced legislation to restore the “power of the purse” to the American people as outlined in Article I of the Constitution. The Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act puts all unauthorized programs on a pathway to sunset in 3 years and requires any new authorizations or reauthorizations to include a sunset clause. This means every government program will be routinely scrutinized and updated by the People’s representatives. Visit McMorris.House.Gov/USAact to learn more.