December 16, 2015
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers spoke on the House floor today in support of H.J.Res. 78, a short-term continuing resolution providing funding for the federal government through December 22, 2015. The bill was adopted on a voice vote.
Chairman Rogers' statement follows:
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present H.J. Res.78, a short-term continuing resolution that will fund the government through December 22.
"Last night, we posted a full-year Omnibus funding bill. This bill will responsibly fund the government for the remainder of the 2016 fiscal year, at the levels set by the Bipartisan Budget Act passed in October. We are set to consider it later this week.
"However, our current funding mechanism expires today at midnight.
"To allow for enough time to read and process this legislation, it is necessary at this point that we pass another continuing resolution to keep the lights on in our government.
"The legislation you have before you today simply extends current levels of funding for critical government programs and services for six additional days – through next Tuesday.
"It is very short and limited in scope – buying us enough time to shepherd the omnibus through to enactment, and then for the bill to be enrolled, sent to the President, and signed into law.
"I urge my colleagues to support this bill to give us the time to consider the full-year appropriations package, and bring the fiscal year 2016 appropriations process to a close. Thank you."