Rep. Burchett: Congress ignores responsibilities by passing CR
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives passed a short-term continuing resolution, or CR, this afternoon to fund the federal government through Dec. 20.
Members of Congress did not receive text of the CR until yesterday afternoon, giving Representatives very little time to review the full impact of the multi-billion dollar spending bill they were asked to approve. Furthermore, the CR funds certain government initiatives into next year rather than for the few weeks the CR is supposed to cover.
Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) voted against the continuing resolution and released the following statement:
“I am nearly halfway through my first term in Congress and not a single budget nor long-term spending bill has been approved since I got here. These terrible continuing resolutions are not how Congress is supposed to fund the government, but it is how it has been operating for a very long time. I fail to understand why Congress is extending essential government funding for just a few weeks while extending the Patriot Act and other surveillance programs well into next year, all in the same piece of legislation. This body needs to get its priorities straight. Congress needs to start honoring its fiscal and budget responsibilities and end its negligent abuse of taxpayer dollars.”