House Cardinals Joint Statement on Appropriations Process
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) and the Chairs of all Appropriations Subcommittees – Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-09), Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Chairman David E. Price (D-NC-04), Homeland Security Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40), Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Chairman Sanford Bishop Jr. (D-GA-02), State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), Defense Chair Betty McCollum (D-MN-04), Legislative Branch Chairman Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23), Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Chair Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01), Financial Services and General Government Chairman Mike Quigley (D-IL-05), and Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Chairman Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) – released the following statement on the fiscal year 2022 appropriations process:
“As Appropriators, we understand the importance of passing government funding bills that make our country stronger at home and secure in the world. Over the summer, each of us worked to write appropriations bills that meet the needs of the American people. Now that the Senate has released their versions of these bills, it is time to begin conference negotiations.
“Given our experience with tough negotiations, we know that both sides will have to make compromises as part of the normal bicameral, bipartisan negotiations that are always part of the conference process. To get started, however, Republicans must come to the table.
“Every additional Continuing Resolution and delay will deprive our families, small businesses, communities, and military of the certainty they need. And a full-year Continuing Resolution, which some Republicans have expressed openness to, would be nothing short of catastrophic. It would:
- Block historic investments in public health infrastructure, lifesaving medical research, and good public schools;
- Create a shortfall in veterans’ benefits and fail to address backlogs that make it harder for veterans to get the care they need; and
- Weaken our military readiness, set back modernization efforts, and prevent investments in cybersecurity.
“No elected official can be happy with these dire outcomes. And with cooperation from Republicans, they will be entirely avoidable. We urge our Republican colleagues to respond to our proposals with an offer that will allow us to begin conference negotiations and enact an omnibus appropriations bill in December.”
In recent days, the Office of Management and Budget, the Coalition on Human Needs, the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, a group of Veterans Service Organizations including the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the National Defense Industrial Association have all urged Congress to enact appropriations bills without delay and warned about serious damage from a full-year CR.