Cramer: House Passes Continuing Resolution to Keep Government Operating
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives concurred with the Senate amendment to H.R. 719, the Fiscal Year 2016 Continuing Appropriations Resolution. It funds discretionary government operations through December 11, 2015, at the rate they were funded in fiscal year 2015, minus an across-the-board reduction of 0.2108 percent. This amounts to $1.017 trillion in annualized budget authority, which adheres to the current Budget Control Act (BCA) cap level.
“Continuing resolutions are not the way to fund government. Congress needs to return to regular order with both the House and the Senate passing each of the twelve appropriations bills. My hope is over the next 70 days, Democrats will work with Republicans to pass legislation funding the government for the next fiscal year.”
Both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations have reported all 12 annual appropriations bills. The House has considered and passed six of these—the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies appropriations bill (H.R. 2028); the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies appropriations bill (H.R. 2029); the Legislative Branch appropriations bill (H.R. 2250); the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill (H.R. 2578); the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill (H.R. 2577); and the Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2685). The Senate has not acted on any of these measures.