Granger Remarks During Floor Consideration of H.R. 6363, The Further Continuing Appropriations Act
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of this continuing resolution, H.R. 6363.
Before discussing this CR, I want to explain our process. At the beginning of this Congress, House Republicans said we would change how Washington works. As of today, we have sent 7 appropriations bills to the Senate, totaling roughly 75% of government funding. The Senate has passed 3 of its bills, totaling 17%.
We still have a lot more work to do to get full-year bills enacted into law. That is why I support the Speaker’s reasonable plan to continue government funding into early next year. It buys us time to agree on a topline funding level and negotiate final bills with the Senate.
Most importantly, this plan will allow us to:
- Avoid a harmful government shutdown during the holidays;
- Prevent a last-minute omnibus; and
- Allow us to discuss supplemental funding separately from full-year spending.
A continuing resolution is not ideal, but it is what is needed at this time. I thank the Speaker for choosing this very practical plan while we work out our political differences.
I urge my colleagues to support this CR, and I reserve the balance of my time.