Provided by Congressman Rob Wittman’s Office
Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) voted “no” on H.J.Res. 123 – Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018. The bill extends existing discretionary appropriations at current levels through Dec. 22, 2017 and temporarily extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through Dec. 31, 2017.
“Yet again we find ourselves budgeting by crisis,” Wittman said. “We should not be funding our government through continuing resolutions (CR), especially when the House has already completed all 12 appropriations bills through regular order. Under a CR, our military is unable to properly budget, leading to insufficient training, unmaintained equipment, and decreased readiness. As global threats are increasing, our defense budget stands still. We continue to ask more and more of our men and women in uniform, and we in Congress must do our part to ensure they have the tools they need to be successful.”
Military leaders, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, have been extremely outspoken about the negative consequences of CRs for our Armed Forces. In September, Secretary Mattis sent a letter to Congress explaining these impacts and Secretary Spencer has detailed the same concerns.
“Each member of our all-volunteer force makes a promise to protect our nation from harm if called and to give their full measure to do so,” said Secretary Spencer. “It’s time for our nation and Congress to keep the same promise to them … And another continuing resolution is a broken promise and one more chip away at our ability to survive.”
“I understand the importance of extending funding for CHIP and remain committed to seeing this happen, which is why I voted just last month to reauthorize CHIP until 2022,”Wittman said. “However, another CR is a short-term solution to a long-term problem and on principle, it is simply something I could not support. Passing a CR is an abdication of Congress’ duties and responsibilities. Going into Fiscal Year 2018 we have a chance to get back to regular order in the budget process. I remain committed to providing a path fiscal certainty for our armed services.”
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.