We shouldn't have to fund everything in order to fund anything

Senator Mike Lee
2013-10-03 20:48:41
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-mountaintop.jpg] * We shouldn't have to fund everything in order to fund anything* * Why won't Democrats take "yes" for an answer on Vet funding* Today, in an effort to move forward and end the government shutdown, I asked for the Senate to pass a bill [link 1] that had already been passed by the House to fund veterans� benefits.� The motion was quickly shot down by Democrats who provided little explanation for their opposition to funding veterans� benefits. Following proper regular order, Congress would vote on and ultimately approve a dozen or so separate, segmented appropriations measures to fund each area within the federal government.� Each program or function area would have to stand on its own merits in order to get funded.� In a big government that spends between $3.5 and $4 trillion a year, and it's important that we break spending decisions into pieces.� Unfortunately, over the last 4 1/2 years, we've been funding government on the basis of back-to-back continuing resolutions. The problem with these measures is that they basically require us to fund everything or fund nothing at all. The Republicans in the House of Representatives are quite wisely saying that we should start funding bills within those areas where there is broad-based bipartisan consensus.� I agree� that we should immediately start funding the government in those areas where there is obvious and overwhelming support including programs like veterans' services, national parks, cancer research, and the National Guard and Reserves. Republicans and Democrats came together in the House and approved bills overwhelmingly. I think we owe it to the country to show that we can do the same thing in the Senate.� In a matter of hours the vast majority of the government could be funded.� It was the president himself who asked Congress to fund a list of priorities in a speech to the nation a few days ago.The House of Representatives has courageously delivered a series of bills that will do exactly what the president asked.� Now President Obama and Democrats in the Senate are having a hard time taking "yes" for an answer. I continue to work around the clock with my staff and my colleagues in both houses of Congress to fund the government and protect the people from the harmful effects of Obamacare.� I am confident we can do what is best for Utahns and for the future of our country. [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 2] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 3]
October 03, 2013

We shouldn't have to fund everything in order to fund anything

Why won't Democrats take "yes" for an answer on Vet funding

Today, in an effort to move forward and end the government shutdown, that had already been passed by the House to fund veterans� benefits.  The motion was quickly shot down by Democrats who provided little explanation for their opposition to funding veterans� benefits.

Following proper regular order, Congress would vote on and ultimately approve a dozen or so separate, segmented appropriations measures to fund each area within the federal government.  Each program or function area would have to stand on its own merits in order to get funded.  In a big government that spends between $3.5 and $4 trillion a year, and it's important that we break spending decisions into pieces.  Unfortunately, over the last 4 1/2 years, we've been funding government on the basis of back-to-back continuing resolutions. The problem with these measures is that they basically require us to fund everything or fund nothing at all.

The Republicans in the House of Representatives are quite wisely saying that we should start funding bills within those areas where there is broad-based bipartisan consensus.  I agree  that we should immediately start funding the government in those areas where there is obvious and overwhelming support including programs like veterans' services, national parks, cancer research, and the National Guard and Reserves.

Republicans and Democrats came together in the House and approved bills overwhelmingly. I think we owe it to the country to show that we can do the same thing in the Senate.  In a matter of hours the vast majority of the government could be funded.  It was the president himself who asked Congress to fund a list of priorities in a speech to the nation a few days ago.The House of Representatives has courageously delivered a series of bills that will do exactly what the president asked.  Now President Obama and Democrats in the Senate are having a hard time taking "yes" for an answer.

I continue to work around the clock with my staff and my colleagues in both houses of Congress to fund the government and protect the people from the harmful effects of Obamacare.  I am confident we can do what is best for Utahns and for the future of our country.

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