Senate Continues Work on Bipartisan Bill Important for American Energy, Jobs
‘By returning to regular order, we’ve opened up the process and empowered Senators — both those who sit on the Appropriations Committee and those who do not — to have more of a say in appropriations legislation.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate consideration of the energy security and water infrastructure appropriations bill:
“When the new majority resolved to get the Senate back to work, we knew we’d have to get committees functioning again first. We believed that would be critical to helping members on both sides rediscover their voices and find common ground — and then develop real stakes in the outcome.
“That’s certainly what we’ve seen this appropriations season.
“The Appropriations Committee has held dozens of hearings already, it’s marked up funding bills at a steady clip, and it’s sending good legislation to the floor.
“One of those bills is the energy security and water infrastructure appropriations measure before us. This legislation is important for American energy, for American waterways and ports, and for American commerce and safety.
“It will also maintain our nuclear deterrence posture by ensuring nuclear stockpile readiness, which is important for national security.
“I’d like to recognize the bill managers for their diligent work to bring this legislation to the floor for consideration. I’d also like to recognize the leadership of the Appropriations Committee for its work to get this process moving.
“By returning to regular order, we’ve opened up the process and empowered Senators — both those who sit on the Appropriations Committee and those who do not — to have more of a say in appropriations legislation.
“That’s important because these funding bills can affect each of our states.
“The progress we’ve seen already is encouraging. It shows what’s possible when the Senate gets back to a productive legislative process.”
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