Washington D.C. – Representative John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today voted in favor of a stopgap funding package to prevent a government shutdown. The House passed the package by a vote of 231 -- 188. Faso noted that almost all Democrats in the House voted against funding the government.
“The short-term package voted on today is necessary, but disappointing in that critical issues that should have been completed by the end of the year are being delayed until January. It is important to note that the House has passed all 12 appropriations bills prior to the October 1 deadline, but the US Senate hasn’t passed a single appropriations measure due to failure of Senate Democrats to permit debate on appropriations. Senate rules require 60 votes in order to take up legislation and due to such obstruction, none of the appropriations measures have even cleared committee in the Senate.
“Of particular concern is failure of Democrats to adopt a defense appropriations bill which has a pay raise for the troops and increased funding for training and readiness. This latter issue is particularly important given the serious accidents occurring among Navy ships in Asia over the last few months.
“In addition, we need a long-term reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health center funding, yet Democrats in the Senate continue to block consideration of a bill the House passed over a month ago.
“Finally, I’m disappointed that the DACA program was not addressed. However, I am encouraged that there is a building bipartisan consensus that DACA will be addressed in January. I am hoping that when Congress returns in January, legislation providing for DACA people and border security can be enacted.”
Notable provisions included in the continuing resolution:
- $4 billion appropriation to counter the threat from North Korea.
- $700 million to repair damaged U.S. Navy ships.
Notable provisions not included in the continuing resolution:
- Long-term extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
- Long-term extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
- Long-term extension of the VA Choice Program.
Legislative fix to address the DACA program