With Government Funded, Important Business Remains
‘The alternative to our action today, an entirely avoidable government shutdown, would not just pause our progress on these important priorities. It would set them back. And in the process, it would saddle the people we represent with unnecessary hardships.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding:
“With just hours to spare, the Senate is now in a position to prevent a harmful and unnecessary government shutdown.
“As I’ve said for weeks, the clearest path forward has been to pass a straightforward, short-term funding extension that gives us time to continue a number of important discussions about outstanding priorities:
“From securing supplemental relief for victims of natural disasters…
“To restoring security and sanity at the southern border that the Biden Administration has dragged into chaos.
“To putting stronger restraints on the President’s reckless spending…
“To supplying Ukraine with even more of the lethal assistance it needs to repel Russia’s invasion.
“On that particular point, Madam President – Senate Republicans remain committed to helping our friends on the front lines, to investing more heavily in the American strength that reinforces our allies, and to deterring our top strategic adversary, China.
“I am confident the Senate will pass further urgent assistance to Ukraine later this year.
“But let’s be clear:
“The alternative to our action today, an entirely avoidable government shutdown, would not just pause our progress on these important priorities. It would actually set them back.
“And in the process, it would saddle the people we represent with unnecessary hardships.
“So I’m glad our colleagues in the House have taken action on a continuing resolution that keeps critical government functions going at their current rates of operation.
“Passing this measure, and keeping the lights on, will allow us to return our attention to making headway on the full-year appropriations our colleagues have been working on literally for months. And it will give us the flexibility to meet urgent supplemental priorities, both at home and abroad.
“Therefore I would urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this important step in the right direction.”
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