ICYMI: Diaz-Balart Supports Continuing Resolution to Keep Government Open
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) today spoke in support of H.J. Res. 123, the Continuing Appropriations Act, ahead of its passage.
As prepared for delivery:
“This is just a short-term continuing resolution. It is a clean date extension. This CR will give us an opportunity to continue to move forward – quickly – toward final appropriations bills.
“It is important to note that on our Transportation and Housing bill – THUD – we considered 22 amendments in Committee, and 39 amendments on the floor. It has been an open and fair process the whole way.
“We can, and must, move quickly to finish the job, and conference all 12 of these bills. But in the meantime, we must keep the government open and funded. This is especially the case now that our communities are pulling together to recover from three devastating hurricanes, as well as the thousands of families threatened by raging wildfires in California.
“We can’t take the risk of short-changing our first responders and our military, given the natural disasters at home and the threats from our adversaries abroad. A vote against this CR would do just that.
“For transportation and housing, this CR will support ongoing transportation safety missions, air traffic control, and housing for vulnerable citizens, including our veterans.
“I strongly urge a yes vote on this CR. We cannot let these folks down. We cannot shut down the federal government. I thank Chairman Frelinghuysen for his steadfast leadership.”