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Chairman Rogers Floor Statement on Five-Day Stopgap Government Funding Measure

Washington, December 11, 2015

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers spoke today on the House floor in support of H.R. 2250, a short-term continuing resolution that provides funding for the federal government through December 16.

The text of his statement follows:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present H.R. 2250, a short-term continuing resolution that will fund the government through December 16.

"As you know, our current funding mechanism expires today at midnight. At this point, it is unfortunately necessary for us to have a little more time to complete our negotiations.

"This continuing resolution extends current levels of funding for critical government programs and services for five additional days, ensuring our government stays open until midnight next Wednesday.

"The Senate passed this same bill yesterday, so with approval in the House, this bill will go to the President today.

"I believe we are making good progress on a final, full-year appropriations package.

"While I had hoped that we would be done by this point, there are still many moving pieces. It is my hope and expectation that the final Omnibus legislation will be completed by this new deadline.

"I am not the biggest fan of continuing resolutions. They tend to be wasteful and inefficient. However, at this point, I see this as the best way forward.

"This continuing resolution is very short and limited in scope – simply buying us enough time to wrap up our negotiations and bring a full-year bill to the floor without a lapse in important government services.

"I urge my colleagues to support this bill. Thank you."

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