Robert J. Wittman

11/19/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/19/2019 15:38

Wittman Rejects Short-Term CR

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) voted 'no' House Amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 3055 - Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019.

'Yet again, Congress has kicked the can down the road,' Wittman said. 'Our men and women in uniform are facing certain threats abroad, while the support for their training, equipment, and operations remains uncertain at home. Our highest priority should be keeping the Department of Defense fully funded. I have talked to countless members of our military and every single warfighter has detailed the absolutely detrimental impacts of Continuing Resolutions (CR). Under a CR, they are unable to properly budget - leading to insufficient training, unmaintained equipment, and decreased readiness. This can't continue - we hurt our armed forces by this constant dysfunction. We ask more and more of our men and women in uniform and we in Congress must do our part to ensure they have the tools they need to be successful. I will continue to fight to fix our broken budgeting and appropriations process in Washington.'

Congressman Wittman is the leading voice for increasing Congressional accountability. For years Congressman Wittman has introduced the No Budget No Pay Act that says if Congress doesn't pass a budget on time Members don't get a paycheck, the Stay on Schedule Resolution that says if Congress doesn't pass all appropriations bills by July 31, the House should stay in session and continue its work instead of adjourning for August recess, and the Inaction Has Consequences Act that says if Members of Congress do not complete appropriations bills by the end of the fiscal year, they will not receive a paycheck. He believes that we must work for a permanent solution that will provide a path to fiscal certainty for our federal agencies.

The bill funds government operations through December 20, 2019.

Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.