REAX of Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy Following Four Corners Appropriations Meeting

“Republicans seem to want to drive us into a full year continuing resolution.  Democrats made a good faith offer last month that provided a 5 percent increase in defense spending, which is consistent with the bipartisan NDAA, but it takes two to negotiate.  We still have not received a topline offer in response to ours.  An endless cycle of continuing resolutions is not a responsible way to govern.  It means cuts to veterans, cuts to national security and defense, handcuffing our response to the pandemic, and not meeting the challenges of climate change.  We have made clear what we are for.  What are they for?  We are ready to get to work as soon as they come to the table.”

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