Granger: We must stop wasting time voting on bills that will not reopen the government
WASHINGTON – House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX) went to the House floor today to speak in opposition to yet another bill by House Democrats that will not reopen the federal government or provide for border security:
Mr. Chairman, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 268, the Supplemental Appropriations Act for 2019.
On December 20th of last year, the House considered a bill that included a continuing resolution to keep the government open, more than five billion dollars to secure our southern border, and a supplemental appropriation to help disaster-affected areas. That bill passed the House, but it was not taken up by the Senate.
As it did in December, the bill before us today also includes funding for disaster relief. In fact, it includes $4.3 billion more for communities recovering from natural disasters, including storms and other events that occurred in 2017 and 2018. This would help the American people get back on their feet after these devastating events.
The bill also includes help for farmers and ranchers for crop and commodity losses, assistance for flood and storm damage, and allow our military and federal agencies to repair facilities and assets.
Like it did in December, the bill we are considering today also includes a continuing resolution to fund the government and ensure our hard working federal employees are paid.
What this bill does not include is funding for border security needs identified by the agents and officers on the front lines. Therefore, the bill before us today will not resolve the government shutdown.
It will not reopen the government and ensure that our TSA screeners, our Coast Guard defenders, our Border Patrol agents, or our air traffic controllers are paid.
Today, we must stop wasting time voting on bills that have no chance of becoming law. We must instead work with urgency to get our government back up and running. In order to do that, we must address border security and funding for the remaining appropriations bills.
I thank Chairwoman Lowey for her work, and I am hopeful that in the coming days, together we can come to an agreement, with all of our partners in the Senate, the House, and the White House to address the remaining funding issues in 2019.
I reserve the balance of my time.