“The House did the right thing today by passing this legislation. As we try to get our fiscal house in order, it's important to come together on issues where we can agree – avoiding a government shutdown, providing our people with essential services, and supporting our troops and veterans," Rogers said.
"This bill sets the stage for a meaningful – and needed – discussion on how we can best address our nation’s finances. Now, I urge the Senate to pass H.R. 933 quickly and send it to the President for his signature. Congress must do its duty to ensure that our national defense remains sound at all times, and our economy continues on the path to growth and recovery," Rogers continued.
The legislation includes full-year Defense, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bills, which passed the House last year on a broad bipartisan basis and have been negotiated with the Senate. These bills provide necessary funding flexibility to ensure that our military is well-equipped, our veterans receive the care they have earned, and tax dollars are used wisely and where they are most needed.
The bill continues the remainder of federal discretionary spending at current rates, making limited exceptions where necessary to avert catastrophic damage to government programs, and to ensure good governance of taxpayer dollars. Nearly all of this funding is subject to the President’s sequestration order, bringing the total topline discretionary spending within the bill to approximately $984 billion.
For the text of H.R. 933, please visit: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20130304/BILLS-113hr933ih.pdf
For a summary of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=321979
Through his role as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Rogers has consistently promoted policies which reduce the size of government and roll back excessive and harmful federal regulations. Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit http://halrogers.house.gov/ or follow Rogers on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/RepHalRogers or on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/#!/CongressmanHalRogers.