O'Halleran Votes to End Government Shutdown
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) voted for a continuing resolution to fund the government and end the shutdown.
"Arizona families and active duty military have been greatly impacted by this irresponsible government shutdown, so I am pleased that it has come to an end through bipartisan talks," said Rep. O'Halleran. "While I am heartened to see that the Children's Health Insurance Program receives the funding it needs under this spending bill, this three week CR is just another band-aid to cover Congress' failure to pass a bipartisan budget. These short-term funding bills harm our military's readiness and cost our agencies billions in wasted dollars.
Last Friday, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said, “As hard as the last 16 years have been, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of the U.S. military than the combined impact of the Budget Control Act, defense spending cuts and operating in nine of the last 10 years under continuing resolutions, wasting copious amounts of precious taxpayer dollars."
“With my vote today, I am giving leaders in Washington a chance to end the petty partisanship and focus on America’s future,” continued O’Halleran. “I am hopeful that we can work together on a bipartisan budget that invests in our nation and ensures our military has the resources it needs to complete its critical missions at home and abroad.”
The CR passed in a bipartisan vote in both the House and Senate Monday afternoon. It funds the government through February 8th.
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