Granger Remarks on Short-Term Continuing Resolution

Sep 20, 2019
WASHINGTON – Today, top Appropriations Committee Republican Kay Granger (R-TX) delivered the following remarks on H.R. 4378, a short-term continuing resolution that continues funding for military and civilian government programs through November 21st.
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 4378 – a continuing resolution that will fund the government through November 21st.

"It is unfortunate that we are in this situation and have to pass this CR to keep the government open, but we cannot afford an unnecessary and costly shutdown.

"Because the budget agreement did not get enacted until August, the Senate just began working on the FY20 appropriations bills last week. 

"As a result, there is simply not enough time to complete the appropriations process by the September 30th deadline.

"Passing a short-term CR will allow us the time to complete the FY20 appropriations bills while ensuring that our military and law enforcement personnel get paid.

"In addition to preventing another shutdown, H.R. 4378 promotes economic growth, strengthens national security, protects life and religious liberty, allows us to respond to disasters, and supports public health programs.

"It ensures farmers and ranchers will continue to receive temporary relief from retaliatory tariffs at a critical time of year for our nation’s agriculture industry.

"It extends programs that are essential to countering China’s influence over our economic and national security.

"It continues all existing pro-life protections from FY19 appropriations measures.

"It provides a short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program and allows FEMA flexibility to respond to disasters.

"I would much rather be here today in support of full appropriations bills.

"But I have confidence that, with more time, we will be able to come together to pass full-year appropriations bills that the President can sign into law.

"I urge my colleagues to join me in voting in favor of this continuing resolution so that we can get to work. 

"Thank you, and I reserve the balance of my time."