We can end government
shutdown with noncontroversial spending bills
called for an end to the by
passing smaller, noncontroversial funding bills for government agencies
that are not related to the implementation of
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
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: