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Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H. Res. 778, the Rule providing for consideration of H.J. Res. 117, making further continuing appropriations for the beginning of the 2013 Fiscal Year. This measure will continue to assure funding for all federal government agencies and allow the government to continue its day to day operations through March of 2013.
I am quick to note Mr. Speaker the attempt by the Rules Committee Ranking Member, Ms. SLAUGHTER to amend the rule for H.R. 6365 to make in order and provide the appropriate waivers for amendment #1 offered by the Budget Committee Ranking Member Mr. VAN HOLLEN, which would have replaced the entire sequester for 2013 with savings from specific policies that reflect a much-needed balanced approach to deficit reduction. The entire House should have been allowed to debate Mr. VAN HOLLEN's measure even though I had serious concerns about the substance. Nevertheless, the debate is one that we should have.
I rise in support of making further continuing appropriations for the beginning of the 2013 Fiscal Year. This measure will continue to assure funding for all federal government agencies and allow the government to continue its day to day operations through March 27 of 2013.
I am also rising in support of helping families in Houston cope.
I am rising in support of Texans who need critical Federal Government goods and services.
I rise in support of people who are clinging to their jobs--the working poor.
I rise in support of those on Medicaid who are beholden to the governor of Texas who is in the business of rejecting federal funds and then using them to prop up his budget numbers.
I rise in support of the elderly.
I rise in support of military veterans.
I rise in support of children.
Today, the House will consider H.J. Res. 117, Six-Month Continuing Resolution. This Continuing Resolution will fund the government through March 27, 2013. The Senate is expected to consider the House-passed Continuing Resolution next week.
The Continuing Resolution reflects a bipartisan agreement between Congressional Republicans, Congressional Democrats, and the White House--and will prevent a government shutdown and maintain the programs and services critical to the American people.
The Continuing Resolution (``CR'') ensures a total rate of operations for FY 2013 at $1.047 trillion--the level for FY 2013 discretionary spending that was agreed to as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (PL 112-25).
As a starting point, the CR continues funding at the current rate of operations for federal agencies, programs and services. To meet the agreement to ensure the rate of operations at $1.047 trillion, a government-wide, across-the-board increase of 0.6 percent over the base rate is also included.
The CR caps funding for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) for FY 2013 at the President's FY 2013 request of $88.5 billion--which is $26.6 billion below the FY 2012 OCO funding level. OCO is not included under the $1.047 trillion cap.
The CR continues funding for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund at last year's level, with this disaster relief funding also not included under the $1.047 trillion cap.
The CR includes a clean, six-month extension of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Without this extension, cash assistance and work support for working families would stop in FY 2013.
The CR extends the current pay freeze for federal employees, which includes Members of the House of Representatives and Senators, as requested by the President.
The CR also includes various provisions, often needed in a longterm CR, to ensure adequate funding of certain key government operations and services through the six-month period, including provisions allowing additional funding for such things as:
The Veterans Administration to meet an increase in the disability claims workload.
The Interior Department and the Forest Service for wildfire suppression efforts.
The FCC to conduct spectrum auctions.
Nuclear weapons modernization efforts, to ensure the security of our nuclear stockpile.
Sustaining Homeland Security cybersecurity efforts.
I urge my colleagues to pass this Rule and the underlying Continuing Resolution.
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