Passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014by Representative Glenn Thompson
Posted on 2014-01-15
THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to
address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, today the House took a
positive step towards restoring fiscal discipline in Washington with
passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2014.
In years past, Congress has relied on continuing resolutions, which is no way to run the government, and it cedes all spending decisions to the White House.
Alternatively, this measure restores the role invested by the Constitution in the legislative branch, the power of the purse, the ability to authorize and appropriate public money for the national government.
Furthermore, the bill reduces regulatory burdens, protects our national security, and enforces stringent oversight of the executive branch.
The bill protects our constituents from arbitrary and drastic flood insurance rate increases, maintains pro-life policies, and protects Second Amendment rights.
The bill creates efficiency by eliminating areas of waste but also makes critical investments in areas most in need.
Congressman Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and I, cochairs of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education Caucus, have led the charge for fully funding career and technical education. This bill increases funding for CTE programs by $52 million.
I want to thank my colleagues for their work and call on the Senate to pass this important bill.