Washington, D.C. – In response to the Senate’s Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government at FY23 levels through mid-November to avert a government shutdown, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks president, commented:
“A temporary fix to address appropriations to let the Senate and House complete the appropriations process may sound reasonable, but this was a self-made crisis. Congress has been required to fund the government before the clock strikes midnight on September 30 every year since 1976. The appropriations process in the House was supposed to be completed on June 30. That’s required by law.
“A grand total of zero appropriations bills passed the House before that date, and there are still two regular appropriations bills stuck in the House Appropriations Committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee may have gotten its work done, but Senate leadership waited until after the August recess to begin processing the bills on the floor. How do the approaches in either chamber make any sense?
“The Senate’s continuing resolution fails to cut federal spending. We have no choice but to oppose it. By maintaining current levels of discretionary spending, even in the short term, the CR completely disregards the pressing need for fiscal reform. It is the moral obligation of lawmakers, even in temporary CR, to address the situation and mitigate the long-term economic risks associated with a $33 trillion national debt.”