Senate to Consider Three Important Appropriations Commitments
‘This is an important milestone, and a down payment on our goal of funding the federal government through regular order. … So I’m grateful to our colleagues’ commitment to regular order appropriations, and I look forward to supporting a sensible step forward in the coming days.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding appropriations:
“This week, the Senate will begin consideration of the first package of full-year appropriations for the coming fiscal year. This is an important milestone, and a down payment on our goal of funding the federal government through regular order.
“Our progress on this front has been due in large part to the leadership of Senator Collins and Senator Murray on the Appropriations Committee. For months, our colleagues have worked diligently to build consensus and process as many bills as possible with deadlines looming large.
“The legislation before us this week is designed to address a trio of important commitments – to America’s farmers, to our veterans, and to investing in transportation infrastructure.
“So Mr. President, seven percent of American adults are veterans of the Armed Forces. Ten percent of American jobs are supported by agriculture. And our entire economy hinges on safe and efficient airports, roads, bridges, and ports.
“So it’s difficult to overstate the importance of this legislation. But it’s especially important that we get it right. To that end, I hope and expect that all Senators will receive ample opportunity to offer amendments for consideration.
“Ultimately, our work will need to earn the support of a divided Congress and earn the President’s signature. So I’m grateful to our colleagues’ commitment to regular order appropriations, and I look forward to supporting a sensible step forward in the coming days.”
Related Issues: Infrastructure, Appropriations, Veterans