Congress Needs to Stop the Cycle of Crisis Management
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) voted against Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 719 – Continuing Resolution for FY2016. Congressman Yoho released the following statement after his vote:
“Here we go again. Congress is voting on a bill that will temporarily fund the federal government until December. What this means is the appropriations process has been ignored and the leadership in both the House and Senate are scrambling around to avert a shutdown. This is no way to run the federal government.
“Hal Rogers - Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee – has repeatedly asked House leadership to meet to work on laying out a spending plan that will keep us from having to pass these ‘continuing resolutions’ or stop gap measures.
“Tonight my no vote serves two purposes; one, it is a call to get our fiscal house in order and stop temporarily funding our government. Leadership of the House should have worked with the Senate to ensure we passed our appropriations and put them on the President’s desk long ago—not begin dealing with this issue days before the deadline. We must stop operating in a way that just kicks the can down the road so we can revisit it at a later date. Secondly, the bill we voted on tonight, does not address the defunding of Planned Parenthood. The Senate deliberately took the language out of this spending bill and failed to take a stand. Their action continues 'business as usual' politics and provides taxpayer funds to an organization that promotes abortion.
“I stood with 150 of my colleagues and voted on principle to stop ‘business as usual’ politics. This perpetual cycle of short term funding must end. The American people deserve better.”