The Leader’s Floor Lookout: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Washington, November 14, 2023
Here’s what to watch for on the House Floor today:
Reforming Washington’s Appropriations Process and Averting a Shutdown
For too long, responsible spending has been a foreign concept to Washington, sticking the American people with a national debt that now exceeds $33.6 trillion.
House Republicans are on a mission to cut wasteful Washington spending and reduce our out of control debt. Already, the House has passed seven of the 12 single-subject spending bills to fund over 75 percent of the government – meanwhile, the Democrat Senate has only passed 17 percent of funding in a minibus.
In order to ensure the government stays open and accessible to Americans while we fight to save our economy from more reckless spending, House Republicans are bringing a continuing resolution to the floor that extends funding but at the same time reforms Washington’s broken system.
The resolution allows sufficient time to pass the remaining funding while preventing an irresponsible “Christmas omnibus” by extending four appropriations bills until January 19 and the remaining eight until February 2. It also separates supplemental funding debates so that we can continue fighting for fiscal responsibility and maintain oversight of foreign aid.
H.R. 6363, the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024, introduced by Rep. Kay Granger, provides further continuing FY24 appropriations to federal agencies that fall under the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and Energy and Water appropriations bills through January 19, 2024, and remaining agencies through February 2, 2024.
It’s vital that Washington changes its trajectory and starts reining in spending to reduce the debt, but also that the government remains open to serve the American people – this legislation would accomplish both.