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    Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act

    by Former Representative John D. Dingell

    Posted on 2014-01-15

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    DINGELL. Madam Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2014.

    I wish to commend my colleagues in the House, Chairman Hal Rogers and Ranking Member Nita Lowey, and my colleagues in the Senate, Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski and Ranking Member Richard Shelby, for [[Page H451]] their hard work in constructing an omnibus appropriations bill that sticks to the Murray-Ryan budget agreement. For the last three years, Congress has struggled to pass appropriations bills and careened from one manufactured crisis to the next. It is my sincere hope that the funding bill we consider today is a first step away from that madness and a return to the regular order of the traditional budget and appropriations process.

    With that said, I am generally content with the funding levels included in H.R. 3547. Not all Democrats and Republicans got precisely what they wanted in this bill, but that's the nature of compromise. Still, the bill lifts most of the sequester for the next year and ensures that important agencies and programs like the Food and Drug Administration, the National Park Service, the Department of Energy, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, to name a few, can do their jobs and serve the interests of the American people.

    It is high time to end the incessant and needless partisan bickering that has poisoned this place. Our founding fathers intended that Congress--which means ``a coming together''--should compromise in governing. I know a good compromise when I see it, and this bill is one. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, and vote for this bill. With this behind us, let's roll up our sleeves and get back to doing the people's work, which should first and foremost include an immediate extension of unemployment benefits.

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