The U.S. House this week approved H.J.Res. 117, the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government until March 27, 2013. The temporary funding measure makes minimal changes to current spending levels and continues funding operations for federal agencies, programs and services, and provides funding for FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, for relief and recovery following disasters such as the recent hurricanes and floods.
"This CR fulfills the responsibility of Congress to maintain the continuity of our government and its vital programs and services -- for our people and for the stability of our economy," said Rodney, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. "But this measure is really nothing to cheer about -- it still spends too much and fails to recognize many of the changing missions of the Department of Defense and the intelligence community."
"It is imperative that Congress stop relying on these short term funding bills and the Senate must do its job," he said. "The Senate failed to bring any of its Appropriations bills to the floor. This lack of leadership and action in the Senate is unforgivable."