Congressman Mike Rogers made the following remarks today after H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, passed the House of Representatives. The bill would fund the Federal government through the end of fiscal year 2013.
"Our nation is facing a crippling debt crisis. Long term spending by Washington must be brought under control and we must adopt reforms that move us toward a balanced budget. This bill is a step in that direction that reduces overall spending to sequestration levels while funding priorities for our military and veterans.
"Should it become law, this bill could offer a little breathing room to the Department of Defense by offering certainty to their budget that was indiscriminately slashed by President Obama's sequestration plan," Rogers said.
Currently, the Federal government runs out of funding on March 27th and this bill funds the government through the end of September, keeping the sequester in place. Rogers said it could provide the Pentagon some flexibility in their spending. "I urge Senator Reid and Senate Democrats to debate this bill immediately," he concluded.