Cochran: Senate Continuing Resolution Passage an Important Step
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement marking Senate passage of a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through Dec. 9, 2016:
“The continuing resolution will sustain government operations and ensure stability for our national defense. It is a short-term fix that will allow the Senate and House to complete work on the FY2017 appropriations bills later this year. I am committed to achieving that goal.
“I am pleased that this measure provides record funding for our veterans and their families. It also provides funding to meet urgent needs around the country, including the heroin and opioid epidemic, disaster recovery for flood-ravaged communities, and the public health threat from the Zika virus.”
The Senate voted 72-26 to approve the continuing resolution. It now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
The inclusion of the FY2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill in CR marks the first time since 2009 that a regular appropriations measure was signed into law before the end of the fiscal year.
Under Cochran’s leadership, the Senate Appropriations Committee completed work on all 12 FY2017 appropriations bills in record time this year. The committee has worked under an accelerated schedule, setting records for the earliest bill markups in years.
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