January 18, 2018
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today made the following statement on the House floor in support of the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 195, the Extension of the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2018:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 195, the Extension of the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2018.
This critical legislation extends government funding through February 16. Our current funding expires tomorrow night, and if Congress does not pass this bill and the President does not sign it into law before then, the government will shut down.
It is our Congressional duty to prevent that from happening, and to ensure that the American people have access to the government programs and services they depend on.
The additional time – just under a month – will allow Congressional Leadership and the White House to come to a final budget agreement.
This legislation includes a very limited number of technical changes to ensure good governance.
The bill also includes language to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program through FY 2023, to help sick children from low-income families get better, and ensure they have healthy and happy futures.
Lastly, it extends several health care-related tax provisions.
A Continuing Resolution is not the preferred way to conduct the nation’s fiscal business, but at this point it is absolutely necessary to avoid a costly, destabilizing government shutdown.
It is my hope that this will be our last Continuing Resolution, that Leadership in the House and Senate and White House will quickly come to an agreement on topline spending levels, and that we can complete our Appropriations work for Fiscal Year 2018 in short order.
It is critical that we enact all 12, full-year funding bills to ensure that our Armed Forces have the resources they need to accomplish their missions, at home and abroad, and that our government supports and maintains programs that are important to the lives and livelihoods of all Americans.
I urge a “yes” vote on this critical legislation.
I reserve the balance of my time.