Important Work Continues in Senate on Appropriations
‘There’s so much important work contained in this package. And it’s just the first step in this year’s regular appropriations process. With additional cooperation today, we’ll be able to continue processing amendments from both sides of the aisle and complete work on these bills.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan appropriations legislation before the Senate:
“This week, we’ve been considering a regular appropriations package and voting on amendments. Many of us have wanted this return to regular order in appropriations for some time now. It didn’t happen overnight. We owe thanks to Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy for the transparent, bipartisan process that produced this bill. And thanks to the leadership of our colleagues at the subcommittee level, more bills will be on their way to the floor for prompt consideration.
“The package before us today will cross three important items off the Senate’s appropriations to-do list: funding for Energy and Water, for Military Construction and the VA, and for the Legislative Branch. As I’ve discussed on the floor this week, this first set of funding measures attend to a number of major national priorities.
“The Energy and Water title allocates critical resources for the safety, security, and readiness of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. It delivers record funding for cutting-edge scientific research. And it directs support for mitigating flood damage, protecting shorelines, and upkeep for America’s inland waterways -- like those that support 13,000 jobs in my home state alone.
“The Military Construction and VA title offers targeted resources to causes that are near and dear to servicemembers and their families. Upgrades to military housing and school systems. Improvements to training facilities. Reinforcement of overseas partnerships and alliances. Maintenance of veterans’ health facilities. There’s so much important work contained in this package. And it’s just the first step in this year’s regular appropriations process. With additional cooperation today, we’ll be able to continue processing amendments from both sides of the aisle and complete work on these bills.”
Related Issues: Veterans, Energy, America's Military, Appropriations