Further Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014by Representative Nita M. Lowey
Posted on 2014-01-14
LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
I rise in support of this clean, short-term continuing resolution to ensure uninterrupted government services while we finish the omnibus bill.
Mr. Speaker, our work could not begin until passage of the Murray- Ryan budget agreement in December. The House and Senate budget resolutions were nearly $92 billion apart. We had already suffered an unnecessary government shutdown.
The December budget agreement passed with bipartisan support, gave the Appropriations Committee a workable number, and allowed bipartisan, bicameral negotiations to occur, and we haven't wasted a moment. Our committee worked through the holidays to produce the fiscal year 2014 omnibus package. I am delighted to report that it contains all 12 spending bills and detailed direction in all areas of discretionary spending.
Reaching agreement on all 12 bills was not easy and required a tremendous level of cooperation and compromise. Nobody got everything they wanted. Last night, Chairman Rogers and Chairwoman Mikulski released the text of the omnibus bill, and Members will now have 2 days to review the details before the House votes.
Unfortunately, the current continuing resolution expires at midnight on Wednesday. To allow time for Senate consideration, we must now consider this short-term, interim CR extension. This clean 3-day CR will guarantee no lapse in funding while the legislative gears turn. It contains no policy provisions or other extraneous material. I support its quick passage.
Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.