Tom O'Halleran

11/19/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/19/2019 15:40

O’Halleran Votes to Pass CR, Avoid Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON-Today, after voting to pass the Continuing Resolution in the House of Representatives, which would provide funding for the federal government through December 20, 2019, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:

'Another government shutdown would be detrimental to our economy, our national defense operations, and countless federally-funded programs and initiatives that rely on the passage of this legislative package. Today, the House took action to keep our government open and running by voting for this continuing resolution that gives our troops a raise and preserves funding for many key programs.

'I am pleased that language I championed to extend funding for community health centers and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians was included in today's package, but this kick the can process that creates funding streams in weekly increments is a reckless way to govern.

'This year, I introduced the Government Shutdown Impact Report of 2019, legislation that requires the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to submit daily reports to Congress on the impact and cost of a government shutdown on the nation's economy. I also joined a bipartisan group to re-introduce the No Budget, No Pay Act, legislation that would withhold Congressional salaries if we cannot pass legislation to fund our government.

'Before the year's end, we must come together to pass a bipartisan budget that funds our national defense operations, community health centers, and ensures financial stability for our hardworking federal employees and brave men and women in uniform.'

This year, O'Halleran's Government Shutdown Impact Report Act of 2019 revealed that last winter's government shutdown cost our country $11 billion, $3 billion of which was permanently lost.