CONGRESSMAN LLOYD SMUCKER (R-PA) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT AFTER HE VOTED AGAINST H.R. 3055, “FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT, AND FUTHER HEALTH EXTENDERS ACT OF 2019”

November 22, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) released the following statement after he voted against H.R. 4378, "Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019"

“This bill once again kicks the can down the road on government funding, rather than enacting much-needed reforms to spending and the budget process.”

“While this CR avoids a government shutdown, for the time being, it continues to provide a cloud of uncertainty for our men and women in uniform. Earlier this month, the leading Republicans on the Appropriations, Armed Services, and Budget Committees issued a stark warning to Congress on the damage a continuing resolution would do to America’s military. At a time we are facing global threats to our interests and our allies we must do better. 

“While I do support several provisions included in this continuing resolution -- extending the National Flood Insurance Program, Providing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and serval programs related to Medicare and Medicaid -- I’ve taken numerous votes to advance each of those priorities and my record is clear.  But we can and should do those things in a fiscally responsible manner. Today’s legislation feeds Washington’s addiction to spending instead of curbing it and grows the size of a bloated federal government. It is past time we get our fiscal house in order. We owe it to the American people.”

Background 

Congressman Smucker has been an advocate for reforming the federal budget process. In the last Congress, he introduced the Joint Commission on Budget Process Reform Act (H.R. 4911), which would have created a joint commission to review the federal budget process and make recommendations on how to make improvements. This commission would have been bipartisan/bicameral and include relevant members of the Executive Branch. The Congressman has also been an advocate for ending governing by crisis. He introduced The Government Shutdown Prevention Act in the last Congress and this one, which would provide an automatic CR for an appropriation bill not complete before the end of the fiscal year. Federal funding would be continued at 95 percent of previous levels on the day the automatic CR enters effect. If appropriations bills, or CR, are not passed 60 days after the new fiscal year, funding would be reduced by an additional two percent, and funding levels would be reduced an additional two percent during each subsequent 60-day period.

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