Granger Speaks in Opposition to Democrat Appropriations Bills
Jan 10, 2019
WASHINGTON – House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX) went to the House floor today to speak in opposition to two appropriations bills presented by Democrats. The bills to fund the Department of Agriculture (H.R. 265) and the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (H.R. 267) would not reopen the government and fail to include several provisions from bills the House passed last year.
“When it comes to investment in agriculture, rural development and public health programs that are important to Americans across the country, H.R. 265 funds Senate priorities by short-changing house priorities.
“For example, this bill provides less funding for food and drug safety and public health. For the average American, this means decreased access to medical products because there are less resources to bring those products to market in a safe and efficient manner.
“This bill also leaves behind funding to address persistent poverty in rural areas. This is a vital resource as rural communities across the country seek to break the cycle of poverty. We can and we must do better.”
On Transportation and Housing and Urban Development:
”Unfortunately, H.R. 267 places a lower priority on creating jobs and expanding opportunity…..it provides $1.4 billion less for highway funding to the states and territories. That is less money to address our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges.
“When it comes to the Federal Aviation Administration, this bill provides $250 million less to modernize our air traffic control system.
“The bill also reduces programs for the most vulnerable among us. It provides millions less for a voucher program that enables families with children to move to neighborhoods with greater economic opportunity, and virtually eliminates funds that House Republicans provided for impoverished citizens living with disabilities.”
On the need to reach an agreement to reopen the government:
“It is the job and responsibility of Congress to appropriate funds. We must come together to find a solution that will reopen the government and fund border security. Madam Speaker, Republicans stand ready and willing to negotiate with our friends on the other side of the aisle on legislation that includes priorities of both parties and both houses of Congress. That is how this legislative body – and our system of government is supposed to work.”