Democrats Holding Military Funding Hostage, Byrne Says
Congressman Bradley Byrne issued the following statement after voting in favor of a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through January 19, 2017.
Congressman Byrne said: “This is not the way we need to do the people’s business. These short-term government funding bills are generally bad policy, but they are especially harmful for our national defense. As our military men and women spend the holidays away from their families, I am ashamed Congress could not provide them with the funding certainty they need and deserve. We can and we must do better than this.
“Ultimately, I supported this bill because it prevents a government shutdown and includes much needed funding to keep the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) operating. That said, when Congress returns in January, we must pass a full funding bill for our nation’s military and stop allowing Democrats to hold critical national security funding hostage.”
President Donald Trump also urged Members of Congress to support the Continuing Resolution. Earlier today, the President tweeted: “House Democrats want a SHUTDOWN for the holidays in order to distract from the very popular, just passed, Tax Cuts. House Republicans, don’t let this happen. Pass the C.R. TODAY and keep our Government OPEN!”
The bill passed by a vote of 231 to 188.