Congressman Hal Rogers served his nation well today as he led the United States Congress in the effort to avert another government shutdown of the greatest nation on earth. He and his fellow United States Congress leaders voted on H.R. 719 and again proved that President John F. Kennedy was right about those Congressmen who placed the good of the nation over all else.
“This necessary measure funds government programs and services at the current rate through December 11th of this year. As in previous years, the CR also includes a small across-the-board reduction to keep within the fiscal year 2016 cap level set by the Budget Control Act,” Rogers said.
There was passionate debate over the bill; however, in the end the problems of 2014 were avoid with the successful passage of the FY Short-Term Continuing Resolution to keep the American government open for business. “This is a responsible measure that prevents a harmful government shutdown, while allowing time for a larger budget agreement to be reached, and time to complete the full-year Appropriations work for 2016,”
In interviewing the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in March of 1980, the present journalist learned that it only takes one powerful congressional leader to steer the nation from certain disaster. The leadership of Congressman Hal Rogers today is an example of that type of leadership.
“While I firmly believe this legislation is the best path forward at this time, it is also my strong opinion that Congress should do its job and enact actual, line-by-line Appropriations bills ahead of our September 30 deadline. Clearly, this is not an option at this time, so we must resort to a temporary measure like this CR,” Rogers said.
In a conversation with Congressman Rogers in April of 2014 he made it clear to the present writer that his love for his country and the protection of the American people was his main concern in the United States Congress. The action today to avoid another government shutdown clearly reveals that Rogers means what he says. “These changes are limited in scope and noncontroversial. For instance, these provisions: extend the authority for critical Department of Defense activities that fight terrorism; increase funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs to help address the disability claims backlog; and provide emergency funding to the Forest Service to help respond to the wildfires that are devastating our Western States,” Rogers said.
The American government is open for business and customer service.