Mikulski Disappointed by GOP Decision to Abandon the Appropriations Process & Put the Government on Autopilot


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to Republicans announcing their decision to abandon work on full year appropriations in favor of a continuing funding resolution that would last through March 31, 2017:


“This is deeply disappointing. Once again, Republicans are stymying our ability to do our job and meet our constitutional responsibility to produce full year appropriations for the American people.  We have been working constructively for a year to do our job and write appropriations bills that meet our national security, economic growth and compelling human needs.


“We believe we can finish the job.  We do not want a government shutdown.  Our principles remain the same: parity between defense and non-defense, no poison pill riders and compliance with the Bipartisan Budget Act.


“My preference would be to do our job and work on an omnibus funding bill.  How we proceed from a parliamentary standpoint, whether it’s one whole bill or a series of minibuses, could be discussed.  We could do it.  Where there’s a will there’s a way.  Republicans instead have decided to procrastinate rather than legislate.”



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