April 28, 2017
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen gave the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.J. Res. 99, a short-term continuing resolution providing government funding through May 5:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present H.J. Res. 99, a short-term continuing resolution that will keep the government open for an additional week while work is completed on a full-year funding package.
First I’d like to thank Ranking Member Lowey for her efforts on this bill, and more broadly, on her valuable participation in the Appropriations process over the last year.
Our current continuing resolution expires today at midnight. Working together with the Senate, our leadership and the White House, we are on track to have a full-year, FY 2017 appropriations legislation completed soon, but we need a little more time to process it and prepare it for the floor.
This resolution will ensure that the government stays open for another week – until May 5, 2017 – to give Congress this time. It extends current funding levels for essential government operations that the American people rely on – including, most importantly, our national defense.
It continues all policy and funding provisions in the currently enacted CR. In addition, it includes an extension of the December CR provision for health care benefits for retired coal miners and their dependents for the length of the CR.
Congress must pass this legislation today to keep the government open and operating as we wrap up our full-year FY17 work. It is our Constitutional duty.
A continuing resolution is never anyone’s first choice for funding the government. However, this is our best path forward. This CR is very short-term, very limited in scope, and will help us complete our important work of funding the government for the rest of fiscal year 2017.
I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.
Thank you. I reserve the balance of my time.