DelBene Urges Congress to End Inefficient Funding Cycle, Pass Bipartisan Appropriations Bills
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government through April 28:
“Today, Congress passed another temporary funding bill. And while I’m thankful we avoided another costly and unnecessary government shutdown, Congress has yet again kicked the can down the road, setting up another potential crisis next Spring.
“As a former businesswoman, I understand that no business would budget just months in advance. You plan for years at a time, and work to minimize every uncertainty. It is long past time for Congress to put an end to this inefficient cycle of budgeting and get back to passing bipartisan appropriations bills. I will continue pushing for a long-term vision that gives us a great return on our investments and helps build an economy that works for everyone.
“It’s also disappointing that Republicans are using this must-pass legislation to speed up confirmation of the President-elect’s Defense secretary. Instead of adding partisan riders, Congress should be working to come up with smart solutions that will encourage innovation and expand economic opportunity, while responsibly reducing our deficit.”
Congress needed to act before Dec. 9 to continue to fund the government. The continuing resolution passed this week will avoid a government shutdown until April 28, 2017. Congress will need to act yet again by that date or risk another damaging shutdown.