Today, U.S. Congressman Chip Cravaack (MN-8) made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a one-week continuing resolution that funds the Department of Defense for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and the rest of the federal government until April 15th:
"I supported this latest continuing resolution because it will fund the Department of Defense through the end of the fiscal year. That means our war fighters -- especially those in conflict zones -- will not see their pay interrupted. I cannot in good conscience allow that to happen.
"Having served for 24 years in the United States Navy, I know firsthand the sacrifices our service members and their families make to ensure we can live peacefully and in a free society. A government shutdown should never negatively affect them."
The bill also makes a further $12 billion in cuts to discretionary spending, bringing the total for the last six weeks to $22 billion.
Congressman Cravaack serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee -- where he is Vice Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee -- the Homeland Security Committee, and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. The 8th Congressional District covers 18 counties in Northeast Minnesota.