Senate Set to Consider More Funding, Support for Military and Veterans
Americans are ready to see Democrats start supporting — not blocking — the very bipartisan funding legislation Democrats previously voted for and bragged about in press releases.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Senate Democrats to stop filibustering the annual appropriations bills:
“The Senate will complete its work on the continuing resolution today.
“We remember watching our Democratic colleagues swerve from crisis to crisis when they ran the Senate. Perhaps this is just all Democrats have known, but it’s not right for them to again force America into another short-term funding situation like this.
“We’re working to change the culture around here. Our determination remains to get the Senate back to a normal, functional appropriations process.
“That’s why — for the first time in six years — the Senate actually passed a budget.
“That’s why — for the first time in six years — the Senate actually passed through committee the dozen appropriations bills necessary to properly fund the government.
“Now that the CR appears on track, we can turn back to the last step in the Senate’s normal appropriations process: getting the funding bills passed on the floor.
“Democrats have blocked them all year as part of some arbitrary strategy to force our nation to the brink. They certainly succeeded in that, but I think the American people are ready for our colleagues to finally get serious and get back to work.
“Americans are ready to see Democrats start supporting — not blocking — the very bipartisan funding legislation Democrats previously voted for and bragged about in press releases.
“Our colleagues will have that opportunity this week when we turn back to the regular appropriations process.
“It's true that moving forward will require Democrats to definitively turn the page on years of bad habits and dysfunction, but it's the right thing to do for our country.
“We'll see if they're ready to do so this week.”
Related Issues: Appropriations, Budget, Senate Democrats