Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
November 19, 2019
Legislation Extends Government Funding and Health Programs Through December 20, Fully Funds a Fair and Accurate Census, and Raises Military Pay
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, managed floor debate on a continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through December 20 and keep the government open after the current stopgap funding law expires this week. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration. The legislation passed 231-192.
Full floor statement below as prepared [Video]:
Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the Continuing Resolution. The CR ensures that the federal governments lights stay on, and the people’s business continues while negotiations on a full year spending deal proceed. While we are hopeful a deal can quickly be reached, I am disappointed that the Senate continues to delay while so much is at stake.
Each day we delay in passing a full year appropriations bill, we send a message of uncertainty that has consequences for the business of the American people.
My bill, the Energy and Water Appropriations bill proposes key investments in our nation’s crumbling water infrastructure and in the innovation pipeline that is key to sustaining life on earth. The United States has been at the forefront of energy innovation to address climate challenges.
This CR offers a pathway for the committees to negotiate on a final bill which makes these key investments.
In addition to giving Congress the space to finalize our bills, the CR makes key investments in the Census-today. We must ensure a complete census count, and we cannot wait even one month to invest in this ramp up efforts. The Census will support reapportionment and will impact everything from grant programs to redistricting.
I yield back.