Today, U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-02) released the following statement regarding his support for H.R. 1363 which funds the Department of Defense for the remainder of the year while avoiding a government shutdown for another week. The bill passed the House and will now head to the Senate for consideration:
"On March 18th I sent a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon expressing my deep concern over the impact that short term funding was having on our military readiness and the overall state of our armed services. I implored the Chairman to do all he could to move forward a funding solution that would provide a true defense appropriations bill for our military. The measure that I voted for today does just that. If passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President, no longer will our men and women in uniform be subject to a government shutdown budget debate that threatens to withhold their pay and imposes massive uncertainty on our military leaders."
"I am pleased that the Republican leadership in the House have insulated our military while continuing to reduce federal spending. This spending bill cuts an additional $12 billion in domestic spending and serves as a one week funding measure to keep the government from shutting down while negotiations continue on a permanent spending bill for the remainder of the year."
"With this vote our military will be protected from a government shutdown, should that occur. America is on the verge of a government shutdown because Senate Majority Leader Reid, former Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat leadership failed to pass a budget last year. Not only was this a failure in leadership, it was nothing less than an absolute abdication of the responsibility entrusted to them by the American people. Due to this failure, we are still discussing last year's spending issues, and that is unacceptable. We are again reminded why voters came out in massive numbers to change the face of Washington."
"We are a nation at risk because of Congress' failure to control spending. The House Republicans have proposed a path towards fiscal stability that would keep the government open. The Senate has failed to move on these proposals, preferring to allow the government to close instead of supporting real cuts in spending."
"I encourage the American people to let their Senators and the President know that they want our troops paid on time, and federal spending reduced."