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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1363, Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011; and waving Requirement of Clause 6(a) of Rule XIII With Respect to Consideration of Certain Resolutions

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BOEHNER. I want to thank the gentlelady for yielding.

The House is preparing to pass a responsible troop funding bill that would fund the Department of Defense through September. It would also cut spending by an additional $12 billion and keep the government running for an additional week.

There is no policy reason for the Senate to oppose this responsible troop funding bill that keeps the government running. It reflects a bicameral, bipartisan agreement that was reached in December regarding the troop funding bill, and no Senator has objected to the policy in this bill. I think it is past time that we get this responsible troop funding bill enacted, especially when the U.S. has become engaged in a third war.

To support job creation in America, we are working to make real spending cuts. We are also working on commonsense policy restrictions when it comes to how our taxpayer dollars are spent.

Talks to resolve last year's budget are progressing, but there is no agreement yet, no agreement on numbers, and no agreement on the underlying policies that were passed by this Chamber.

Now, I think we all know that no one wants a shutdown. There is absolutely no policy reason for the Senate not to follow the House in taking these responsible steps to support our troops and to keep our government open.


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