Government Funding Update: Republicans Must Negotiate

Government Funding Update: Republicans Must Negotiate

With government funding currently extended through February 18, the time is now for Republicans to join negotiations to complete Congress’ important fiscal year 2022 appropriations work.

On November 2, Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro met with House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership and requested Republicans in both chambers respond to House and Senate Democrats’ work – much of which was completed over the summer – with an offer of their own. So far, no Republican offer has been forthcoming.

Lack of actions threatens American communities, the well-being of our veterans, and our national security. That is why a broad coalition has joined Chair DeLauro and Democratic House Appropriators demanding negotiations on government funding now.
 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin 

  • “A full-year CR would be a fiscally unsound way of funding the Department of Defense and government as a whole. It would misalign billions of dollars in resources in a manner inconsistent with evolving threats and the national security landscape, which would erode the U.S. military advantage relative to China, impede our ability to innovate and modernize, degrade readiness, and hurt our people and their families. And it would offer comfort to our enemies, disquiet to our allies, and unnecessary stress to our workforce.”

 

Broad Coalition of Groups Urging Negotiations Now

A broad coalition of groups have joined Chair DeLauro and Democratic Appropriators urging negotiations and agreement on fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills. These organizations include:

  • Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research: Our organizations strongly support an approach to the final FY 2022 spending package that avoids additional CRs past December. Aside from the budget implications, CRs create inefficiencies and add uncertainty to a system that is already under stress with the continued reverberations of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
     
  • Aerospace Industries Association: “If Congress fails to once again enact full-year appropriations bills, or continues running the government into 2022 under continuing resolutions, it will send the wrong signal to the government's partners, like those in our industry. We count on stable, reliable and adequate funding to support the critical capabilities that we provide for all Americans.”
    • AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning: The dysfunction unleashed by CRs lengthens project timetables, places stress on our workforce and military personnel, and undermines the success of our security, our industry, and our country. While countless events in the world are uncertain and unforeseeable, funding our government and its safety and security priorities is completely within our control – and it’s particularly vital to helping overcome the current pandemic and managing or mitigating its effects.
       
  • Allergy & Asthma Network: “Continued federal investment in FY22 for asthma and allergy-related programs is critical to improve the healthcare quality and safety for the more than 50 million Americans with allergies and more than 24 million with asthma (including 6 million children under 18)...We urge Congress and the Administration to complete FY22 Appropriations before the February 18, 2022 deadline established under the current Continuing Resolution to support Americans living with allergies, asthma and related chronic conditions.”
     
  • American Association for Cancer Research: “A full-year continuing resolution or funding lapse would threaten our nation’s research enterprise and stall medical breakthroughs that could benefit the lives of millions of patients with cancer and survivors. The AACR urges congressional negotiators to come to the table and agree to Fiscal Year 2022 allocations that would support robust and sustained funding for cancer research and prevention.”
     
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees:“Under no circumstances should Congress default to a year-long CR that would damage our ability to respond to multiple public health and the economic crises we now face. Working in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME members and the communities they serve rely on this funding to administer COVID tests and vaccines; ensure that students have access to nutritious meals; ensure that school buildings are clean and safe; provide child care so that parents can work; help unemployed workers access needed benefits and services.”
     
  • Association of American Universities: “Higher education, research, and innovation play integral roles in our nation’s competitiveness, security, health, and ability to combat and overcome the pandemic. Our nation cannot afford continued inaction on FY22 appropriations…It is vital that Congress complete appropriations this year and avoid serial stop-gap measures and a yearlong CR.”
     
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities: “A CR does not make the decisions necessary to prioritize investments that grow our economy, advance social mobility, and enhance our global competitiveness. Additionally, CRs lead to a substantially disruptive funding environment for federal agencies, fostering uncertainty and inefficiencies, and stunting the grant process for scientific research and programs that advance student success.”
     
  • Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding: “With the country in the midst of an ongoing pandemic that has left millions of households struggling to make ends meet, the importance of passing comprehensive spending bills quickly and avoiding a long-term CR cannot be overstated...State and local governments and the communities they serve rely on the resources provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to meet the infrastructure needs of their communities. These infrastructure needs exist in every community across the country.”
     
  • Coalition of Environmental Groups: “We support the environmental portions of the FY22 appropriations bills approved by the House and proposed in the Senate last year. These bills would provide necessary increases in funding for the crucial programs and agencies that protect our health, lands, wildlife, air, water, oceans, and climate while advancing environmental justice and eliminating damaging policy provisions that have no place in the appropriations process. In lieu of regular appropriations, a full-year continuing resolution would do irreparable harm to our health and environment.
     
  • Coalition on Human Needs: “The nation’s recovery depends on strengthening a host of domestic programs that have been allowed to shrink for years, not just to get to where they had been before, but to respond to needs far greater because of the pandemic and its global economic dislocations. A long-term continuing resolution would be a severe failure to address these needs.”
  • Defenders of Wildlife: “Much is at stake as the federal funding deadline approaches. Should Congress fail to renew investments, the result could be a potentially year-long extension of the current inadequate funding levels enacted initially under the Trump administration...We face a biodiversity crisis of epic proportions, and we desperately need more resources.”
     
  • Defense Associations Coalition: “Our organizations believe that a strong, adequately funded defense posture is vital for our economic stability and our ability to both deter and, if necessary, engage threats to our nation and our allies…we urge you in the strongest possible terms to expeditiously finalize all 12 full-year appropriations bills for fiscal year 2022 prior to the expiration of the current CR.”
     
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology: “The current situation is creating uncertainty, inefficiencies, and disruption for federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which are key funding agencies for the majority of our researchers…Robust, predictable funding for our federal scientific and innovation ecosystem is critical to accelerating progress towards cures, fueling local economies, and improving our global competitiveness. Our country cannot afford another CR beyond February."
     
  • Joint Coalition of the Campaign to Invest in American’s Workforce, the Coalition for Health Funding, the Coalition on Human Needs, and the Committee for Education Funding: “The bill passed by the House this summer and the bill proposed by the Senate Appropriations Committee this fall provide vital increased funding for the programs and services that have a profound impact on health and well‐being, child development, educational and skills attainment, employment, and productivity. Failing to enact the FY 2022 bill and relying on continuing resolutions (CRs) would be a grave missed opportunity to improve the lives of all Americans.”
     
  • National Defense Industrial Association: “We cannot stress enough the importance of the defense appropriations bill to our national security and to a healthy defense industrial base. The limbo caused under CRs wastes precious time and money our nation cannot recover. Delayed new starts and initiatives place a strain on companies and their workforce, particularly as they recalibrate operations to a post-pandemic normal. Our nation’s competitors face no similar challenges putting us at a competitive disadvantage, particularly with emerging technologies, and place our supply chains at increasing risk.”
     
  • National Parks Conservation Association: “A year-long CR would prevent the direly needed and significant investments proposed by both the House and Senate bills...Investments are long overdue and critically needed for park resources, staff, visitors and the countless local economies that depend on functional and thriving national parks. Again, we urge you to move forward with full-year FY22 appropriations bills.”
     
  • The Science Coalition: “For the U.S. research enterprise, which depends on predictable funding, the stop-and-go pace of government funding has long-lasting consequences, creating uncertainty for researchers, hindering economic growth, and threatening our position as a global leader... Congress needs to pass a full appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022 to drive innovation in the 21st century and keep a grip on the position of the U.S. as a global leader.”
     
  • Veterans Service Organizations, including the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars: “A full-year continuing resolution could result in an estimated $7 billion shortfall in funding for mandatory compensation and pension benefits, in large part due to an increased number of benefit claims resulting from congressional approval of new diseases related to Agent Orange exposure for Vietnam veterans…we call on you to reject consideration of a full-year continuing resolution that would reduce veterans’ funding below what has already been approved in an overwhelming bipartisan vote.”

 

House Cardinals Joint Statement

In a joint statement on November 17, Chair DeLauro and the other House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs urged Republicans to come to the table to negotiate:

  • “As Appropriators, we understand the importance of passing government funding bills that make our country stronger at home and secure in the world. Over the summer, each of us worked to write appropriations bills that meet the needs of the American people. Now that the Senate has released their versions of these bills, it is time to begin conference negotiations. Given our experience with tough negotiations, we know that both sides will have to make compromises as part of the normal bicameral, bipartisan negotiations that are always part of the conference process. To get started, however, Republicans must come to the table.”

 

DeLauro Dear Colleague Updating on Appropriations Process

On November 16, Chair DeLauro wrote to the House Democratic Caucus providing an update on the appropriations process and reiterating the need for bipartisan, bicameral negotiations:

  • “With the Democratic proposals in hand, there is no reason why we cannot proceed to conference negotiations between the House and Senate to produce bipartisan appropriations bills for fiscal year 2022. I have directly engaged with House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership to begin these discussions. Unfortunately, we continue to await House and Senate Republicans coming to the table with a proposal as a next step in the process to reaching an agreement on appropriations. If there is no proposal, the consequences of not acting are reckless, irresponsible and would prevent us from making critical funding adjustments in our federal budget to address ongoing and new challenges the American people face.”