The House of Representatives today voted to continue funding the government past March 27, a move that would avert for now a government shutdown.
Generally, Republicans voted in favor, Democrats against.
Reps. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, and Robert Hurt, R-Chatham, both issued statements. Here they are.
“Instead of waiting until the current Continuing Resolution expires on March 27, the House is acting now to prevent a government shutdown. This continuing resolution reflects the spending levels subsequent to Sequestration, and at the same time tries to give more flexibility to defense and veterans programs regarding implementation of the Sequester.
“On page 229 of the Continuing Resolution, I noticed a provision that would extend benefits for disabled coal miners not only through the end of the fiscal year, but through the first quarter of 2014. The legislation also includes an increase in funds for research on traumatic brain injury and psychological health in order to address the serious issue of soldiers’ suicides connected with service in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Furthermore, the Continuing Resolution includes a provision that extends the current pay freeze for Members of Congress.
“We hope the Senate will promptly take up the Continuing Resolution, joining the House in working to responsibly avoid a government shutdown.”
And now, Hurt:
“Today the House of Representatives has taken a positive step toward restoring fiscal stability in Washington. I am pleased that this measure reflects a lower level of discretionary spending — which is a step closer to ultimately balancing the federal budget. And at the same time, we have given the Administration the flexibility to ensure that we reduce spending in wasteful government bureaucracy and that we do not undermine our support for the men and women who are defending our nation. As we work through this budget process, we call on the United States Senate to join us in supporting this measure for the benefit of future generations.”