Rigell Votes Against Latest 'Quick Fix' Spending Bill

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2013-09-20 12:55:20
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Rigell Votes Against Latest 'Quick Fix' Spending Bill

Cites spending bill's failure to address sequestration and return House to a proper budget process

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-2) voted against H.J.RES. 59 because it fails to replace the sequester and address Washington’s continued reliance on stopgap funding mechanisms known as Continuing Resolutions (CRs). Earlier this week Rigell asked House leadership to allow for a rule change that would require the House to pass all 12 appropriations bills before adjourning for any recess longer than five days. Today’s CR passed the House 230-189 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“This CR fails to address the sequester that is negatively impacting those who wear our nation’s uniform and is the result of Congress’ inability to pass the 12 appropriations bills necessary to properly fund the government on time. What is needed is a comprehensive solution to our nation’s fiscal challenges, including a replacement for sequestration,” said Rigell. 

Rigell noted that he appreciated leadership’s effort to defund the health care law as part of the appropriations process and agrees it should be defunded. He has voted in the past to repeal the law, advocating instead for a more patient-focused solution that reins-in medical costs, including H.R. 2300, the Empowering Patients First Act, of which he is a cosponsor. He is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 2682, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013, introduced by Representative Tom Graves (GA-14).

 about Rigell’s efforts to change House rules and keep Congress in session until all 12 appropriations bills are passed. 



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