Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. The bill will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September, replacing the temporary funding measure that expires March 26. Additionally, the legislation maintains sequestration cuts while providing the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs greater flexibility to cut spending without jeopardizing military readiness or the health and well-being of our veterans.
"This legislation is a responsible approach that cuts spending, avoids the threat of a government shutdown, and protects our military capability.
"Today marks the third time in the past year that House Republicans have acted to redistribute the sequester spending cuts in a more responsible way. This funding bill maintains the sequester but provides greater flexibility to the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs so that critical defense capabilities are maintained and our current and former service members have the resources they need and deserve.
"The American people deserve better than a government that lurches from one crisis to the next, only taking action at the last minute. In passing this bill well in advance of the funding deadline, House Republicans are striving to restore order and certainty to the budget process. It is now up to the Democratic Senate to take up the legislation in a timely manner or delay action again and risk a government shutdown."