Corker Votes for Bill to Fund Ongoing Operations of the Federal Government
Legislation Funds Critical Defense, Military Construction Projects in Tennessee; Lifts 25-Year Federal Ban on Offshore Oil Exploration
U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) today voted for passage of H.R. 2638, the continuing resolution, which passed the Senate by a vote of 78 to 12. The resolution funds the ongoing operations of the federal government, including critical Tennessee defense and military construction projects supported by Corker, and lifts the 25 year-old federal ban on oil exploration along the Outer Continental Shelf. The legislation must now be signed into law by the President.
"This was a tough vote for me," said Corker. "We should have considered each of the appropriations bills independently - with full debate and public disclosure - earlier in the year instead of jamming this bill through at the end of our session. Unfortunately, at this point the only alternative is a government shut-down, and given those choices I chose to fund the ongoing operations of the federal government which includes many projects and programs essential to Tennesseans.
"The U.S. has the best led, best trained, and best equipped military in the world, and this legislation will ensure that doesn't change. I was proud to support important defense and military construction projects to make sure we are giving our service members and their families the best possible resources and infrastructure," said Corker.
"I'm also pleased that passage of this bill means lifting a 25-year ban on offshore drilling. Environmentally friendly offshore oil drilling and oil shale production should serve as a bridge to the future while we invest in alternative energy technology. The reality is we cannot make the transition to alternatives overnight."