WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act.
“I said after the Schumer Shutdown that budget reforms must be included in a long-term agreement to keep the government from lurching from one funding crisis to the next. Short-term continuing resolutions and shutdown threats have diminished the people’s trust in Congress to effectively govern. I’m glad that the Bipartisan Budget Act creates a committee for Republicans and Democrats to come together and advance necessary reforms. It’s essential that we fix this broken budget process to restore trust and provide greater certainty to the American people.
“The Bipartisan Budget Act also prioritizes military funding. Right now, our military faces a readiness crisis that is weakening their ability to fight unpredictable threats abroad. Our troops are flying broken airplanes, they are often spending more time on maintenance work than training, and their equipment is not combat ready. This agreement will provide the Department of Defense with much needed resources to address this crisis, provide for our national security, and give our troops the pay raise they deserve.
“In addition, the Bipartisan Budget Act provides additional emergency resources to help areas devastated by last year’s disastrous wildfires in the West and the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida, and Texas. As the people in these communities recover and rebuild their lives, it’s critically important that they receive the support they need.”
Note: Following the Schumer Shutdown, Chair McMorris Rodgers said, “I have long said the budget process is broken. As part of a long-term deal to fund the government, we must include reforms that help unlock our appropriations process and ensure we stop lurching from one funding crisis to the next.”
The following bills introduced by McMorris Rodgers were also included in the Bipartisan Budget Act:
- The Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act, which will give peace of mind to individuals who rely on speech generating devices.
- Legislation to extend the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program for two years and double current funding levels.