Congressman Paul Mitchell Votes Yes on Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement this afternoon after voting yes on the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1158) and the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1865):
“The most fundamental duty of Congress is funding the government, and while I am pleased an agreement was reached on the FY2020 appropriations packages, I do not believe we should be taking a bow. Again, Congress needed a last-minute agreement to fund the federal government for the remaining ten months of FY2020.
This process is not something that should be pushed off until the last minute, as Congress failing to pass appropriations bills on time puts American families and our military in a position of uncertainty. Cramming eight months of legislative work into the last days of the year is irresponsible and the American people deserve better. That’s why earlier this year I introduced the Protecting Our Children’s Future Act, which would make long overdue reforms to Congress’ broken budget process. I encourage all of Congress to work together to fix our broken budget process in order to stop the cycle of continuing resolutions and last-minute spending bills like these.
Despite my continued disappointment at the process, I ultimately voted yes for both pieces of legislation because they contain important priorities for the people in Michigan and America. These bills include full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to protect the Great Lakes, funding for Army Corps of Engineers projects like the Soo Locks, funding for agriculture and rural development, funding for improved security at our border, and increased funding for national defense with a pay raise for our troops. They also maintain all existing pro-life protections, extend community health center funding, and repeal three onerous Obamacare taxes.”
To read more about the Protecting Our Children’s Future Act, click here.