Today Congress approved H. R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund government operations. The bill passed by a vote of 267 -- 151.
"I voted yes on this bill because it gives our military much-needed flexibility during sequestration and makes the spending cuts that are vital to finally balancing the budget permanent," Mullin said. "These cuts are real cuts to spending and reign in many out-of-control tentacles of the federal government such as the EPA and IRS."
"In my district, The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant is a prime example of what can be done with funding when it is prioritized. I continue to stand with the McAlester workforce. It is my hope that allowing DOD the necessary flexibility will keep McAlester functioning at a high level. We know this plant plays an integral role in preserving our national security and is important to our local economy."
The CR prioritizes DOD and Veterans' funding by providing flexibility to the agencies to do its best with the money it has by giving the agencies transfer authority and other measures.
"We need to protect funding for critical national security needs and provide necessary resources to continue the nation's military efforts abroad," Mullin said.
"It has been 1408 days since the President and the Senate produced a budget for this country. Spending has increased 18.6% since President Obama took office and we have added $6.1 trillion to the debt. We cannot balance our budget and reduce the debt by operating government in this way."