Rogers Praises Passage of Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown, Provide Critical Disaster Relief
September 23, 2011 -
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today praised the passage of a stop-gap funding measure that will prevent a government shutdown and provide funding for much-needed disaster relief efforts across the country.
The Continuing Resolution (CR) is necessary to 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 passed today continues government operations until November 18th at a rate of $1.043 trillion – the total amount to which the Congress and the White House agreed in the recent debt-ceiling legislation.
The legislation also contains a total of $3.65 billion in disaster relief funding to support 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. Of this funding, $1 billion is offset by a cut to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program – a stagnant “stimulus” program that currently has more than $4 billion in unspent funds. In addition, the legislation includes a rescission of $100 million to the DOE Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program – another “stimulus” program that funded the now-bankrupt company Solyndra.
Chairman Rogers’ statement follows:
“This CR lives up to the Republican commitment to responsible and reduced levels of spending, and helps right our fiscal ship while still supporting essential government programs and services. The passage of the CR will continue government operations and allow time for Congress to complete work on annual Appropriations legislation that will fund the federal government for the next fiscal year, while maintaining the trend of smart spending cuts.
“In addition, this CR provides $3.65 billion in disaster relief funding to help meet the needs of the thousands of families, businesses and communities burdened by recent natural disasters. We will consider additional disaster funding over the next few weeks as we bring the fiscal year 2012 Appropriations process to a close – including reviewing estimates still coming in from recent disasters – so that families and communities can get the assistance they need while making sure that every dollar is well-spent.
“It is critical that the Senate now pass this CR and send it to the President as soon as possible. The American people do not want or deserve – and our recovering economy can scarcely handle – the volatility of a government shutdown, or any unnecessary holdups in disaster recovery efforts. At this precarious time, we need to bolster the American public’s confidence that their representatives in Washington are working for them – and not let politics come before people.”
The text of the CR can be found here: http://rules.house.gov/Media/file/PDF_112_1/legislativetext/HR2608%20922%20v2.pdf