Representative Bradley Byrne

Representing the 1st District of Alabama

Byrne Opposes Short-Term Funding Bill

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Sep 8, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement after voting against a legislative package including a three month Continuing Resolution to fund the government, a three month increase in the debt ceiling, and a three month extension of the flood insurance program.

Byrne said: “Just yesterday I sat in an Armed Services Committee hearing and heard Navy leaders explain how harmful a short-term Continuing Resolution is to our military men and women, as well as our overall readiness. Additionally, this legislation raises the debt ceiling without any kinds of reforms to control our out of control spending. This is unacceptable. Given these serious concerns, I could not support today’s short-term package.

“The House has done our work and passed a full year funding bill for the military and other critical agencies. Sadly, the Senate has again failed to advance a single funding bill and the dangerous cycle of governing from crisis to crisis continues. The American people want us to make the difficult choices and do our job, and this package falls short of that standard.”

Congressman Byrne also expressed his support for aid to help assist Texas and victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Byrne said: “I voted earlier this week to approve funding to help our Gulf Coast neighbors rebuild following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, and I intend to support future aid packages. Having dealt with our fair share of these tropical events, I certainly understand the need for timely and adequate aid, and I expect more aid will be necessary.

“I am disappointed the important hurricane relief funding was ultimately tied to this short-term spending bill and an increase in the debt ceiling. I do not think it is appropriate to combine these very complex issues into the same package.”

The package passed the House by a vote of 316 to 90, and it now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature.