We can end the government shutdown with noncontroversial spending bills

Senator Mike Lee
2013-10-01 12:49:30
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-sunset-silhouette.jpg] * We can end government shutdown with noncontroversial spending bills* Today, I called for an end to the government shutdown [link 1] by passing smaller, noncontroversial funding bills for government agencies that are not related to the implementation of Obamacare. Yesterday, a positive and encouraging step was taken in response to action taken by the House of Representatives late Saturday night.� Late Saturday night, the House of Representatives passed a bill to ensure that all active duty military personnel, the brave men and women in uniform, will continue to get paid. Yesterday, the Senate took up that measure and passed it unanimously. It did so in a matter of minutes, in a seemingly effortless legislative act. I think we can do the exact same thing with a number of noncontroversial spending bills that fund aspects of government that Americans overwhelmingly support, that Americans acknowledge that we need, and that are completely unrelated to Obamacare. My plan, in other words, would involve setting up segmented continuing resolutions, appropriations measures that would keep the funding going at current levels to various areas within government, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, military construction, C.J.S., which includes funding for the Department of Justice, the federal court system, the F.B.I., NASA, and the national weather service, for example. We can act. We should act. We must act today to resolve this. There is absolutely no reason why this noncontroversial aspect of our federal government's operation should continue one more day or even one more hour, for that matter, without being funded. To learn more about this plan, you can watch this speech I delivered from the Senate floor to identify this path forward: * youtu.be/AHwFalGLsXo [link 2]* [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Lee-floor.png]
October 01, 2013

We can end government shutdown with noncontroversial spending bills

Today, I called for an end to the by passing smaller, noncontroversial funding bills for government agencies that are not related to the implementation of Obamacare.

Yesterday, a positive and encouraging step was taken in response to action taken by the House of Representatives late Saturday night.  Late Saturday night, the House of Representatives passed a bill to ensure that all active duty military personnel, the brave men and women in uniform, will continue to get paid. Yesterday, the Senate took up that measure and passed it unanimously. It did so in a matter of minutes, in a seemingly effortless legislative act.

I think we can do the exact same thing with a number of noncontroversial spending bills that fund aspects of government that Americans overwhelmingly support, that Americans acknowledge that we need, and that are completely unrelated to Obamacare.

My plan, in other words, would involve setting up segmented continuing resolutions, appropriations measures that would keep the funding going at current levels to various areas within government, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, military construction, C.J.S., which includes funding for the Department of Justice, the federal court system, the F.B.I., NASA, and the national weather service, for example.

We can act. We should act. We must act today to resolve this. There is absolutely no reason why this noncontroversial aspect of our federal government's operation should continue one more day or even one more hour, for that matter, without being funded.

To learn more about this plan, you can watch this speech I delivered from the Senate floor to identify this path forward:

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