Rigell Calls on Congress to Stay in Session Through August to Pass Appropriations Bills

Office of U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell
2013-07-19 10:59:14
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Rigell Calls On Congress To
Stay In Session Through August To
 Pass Appropriations Bills

"Our work is not done here" 

Washington, D.C. – Today Representative Scott Rigell (VA-2) called on Congress to skip its customary August district work period to finish consideration of all 12 appropriations bills to fund the government and avoid another Continuing Resolution or CR.

“We’ve only passed three of the 12 appropriations bills,” said Rigell, who has called on House and Senate leadership in the past to adjust the legislative calendar to reflect the priorities of the country. “I don’t see a path for us to pass all 12 appropriations bills before the deadline, absent us staying here through August. A CR is an inadequate substitution for us doing our jobs. Congress should be in session six days a week – from 8 am to 7 pm – just like we would in the private sector if we were behind in our work.”

“The budget and appropriations process is broken,” said Rigell, noting the President delivered his budget to Congress late, the Senate hadn’t passed a budget in four years until this spring, and the House was still considering automatic funding mechanisms for the current fiscal year as recently as this past March. “There is enough blame to go around for the fiscal mess we’re in. The bottom line is this: we need to stay in session until our work is done.”

Earlier this year, Congress finally finished appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 when it passed H.R. 933 (Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013), which provided funding for the government through September 30, 2013.

“A defense appropriations bill is particularly important to our men and women in uniform and our defense community. Too many have sacrificed too much for us to just pack up and leave town for a month without giving them the necessary funding and certainty to keep our warfighters trained and equipped,” said Rigell.

Rigell has also called on the House and Senate to follow regular order and go to conference on the budget.




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