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Continuing Resolution Introduced to Keep Government Running, Provide Much-Needed Disaster Funding


Washington, Sep 14 -

The House Appropriations Committee today introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government operating past the end of the fiscal year on September 30. The legislation, H.J.Res. 79, also contains a total of $3.65 billion in disaster relief funding to provide much-needed assistance to the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Irene, recent wildfires, the devastating floods and tornados in the Midwest and South, the Mid-Atlantic earthquake, and other natural disasters.

The CR is a must-pass bill that is necessary to prevent a government shutdown and continue federal operations until all Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2012 is enacted. Currently, the House Appropriations Committee has moved on 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills – with six bills having cleared the House. The CR introduced today continues government operations at a rate of $1.043 trillion – the total amount agreed to by the Congress and the White House in the recent debt-ceiling legislation – and runs until November 18.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers stressed the importance of the bill and urged quick passage by Congress:

“While the House has made remarkable progress on funding bills for the next fiscal year, additional time is needed to complete this essential work. A Continuing Resolution will allow time for Congress to pass annual Appropriations legislation, while maintaining vital government programs and services in the short term. 

“This CR will also help meet the needs of the thousands of families, businesses, and communities overwhelmed by Mother Nature in recent natural disasters. By providing an immediate $1 billion in emergency funding to help people now, as well as an additional $2.65 billion to ensure that recovery continues into the next fiscal year, this legislation will support desperately needed recovery and relief efforts in these disaster areas. In addition, the Committee will continue to address disaster needs as the fiscal year 2012 Appropriations process moves forward.

“It is critical that Congress pass this CR and send it to the President as soon as possible. The American people simply do not want or deserve – and our recovering economy can scarcely handle – the dangerous instability of a government shutdown, or any unnecessary holdups in disaster recovery efforts. It is also my intention to complete the fiscal year 2012 Appropriations work without any further delay – at the funding level agreed to by the House, Senate and White House on the Budget Control Act – to provide the programs and services people count on and to help put our nation’s finances back on track,” Chairman Rogers said.

For the text of the legislation, please visit: http://rules.house.gov/Media/file/PDF_112_1/Floor_Text/FY12CR%20FY11914.pdf

Summary

The CR continues government operations and services and allows time for Congress to complete the fiscal year 2012 Appropriations bills that provide annual funding for the federal government.