tv U.S. House of Representatives Continuing Resolution Debate CSPAN December 3, 2021 5:43am-7:00am EST
minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentlelady from connecticut, ms. delauro. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. delauro: madam speaker, before i go any further, i would first like to take a moment to mourn the loss of congresswoman kerry meek. she was an extraordinary force in the congress, a pioneer that was not deterred by any challenge that came her way. i'd like to say though she was unassuming and soft-spoken, she carried a big stick. that is evident in her enduring legacy today. i had the honor of serving together with congresswoman meek on the appropriations committee years ago, and i feel immensely privileged to have worked with her to help expand opportunity for all americans.
and we all mourn her loss. madam speaker, i will be frank. instead of being here today discussing another continuing resolution, i wish that we were here to present a bipartisan, bicameral appropriations agreement. continuing resolutions are not the way to govern. they are a short-term patch that leaves the american people behind. but we are here today because my colleagues across the aisle have refused time and time again to begin negotiations or even offer a proposal of their own for government funding that delivers for the american people. house and senate democrats have put forward their proposals, but republicans have not presented an offer of their own. there is not one piece of paper describing what republicans want. it has been 30 days since i brought together a bipartisan, bicameral, four corners meeting on november 2, and to date, we
have not heard one word from them. not one word. but now, my republican counterparts want more time, something they've had since we came to this floor to pass the last funding extension 62 days ago. which means we now have no choice but to pursue a short-term extension. make no mistake, a vote against this continuing resolution is a vote to shut the government down. the legislation before us, the further extending government funding act, continues government funding at current levels through february 18. it makes minimal changes to address the most urgent of needs during the period of the continuing resolution and provides $7 billion to continue supporting afghanistan evacuees after the end of 20 years of war. and while i wish the february 18 end date were earlier -- and i
pursued an earlier date -- i believe this agreement allows the appropriations process to go forward that addresses the needs of the american people. let me be clear -- working families, small businesses, veterans, and our military need the certainty that comes with passing omnibus funding legislation instead of short-term funding patches. republicans must join us for bipartisan, bicameral negotiations to resolve our differences and keep government working for us all. for our communities, we need an omnibus to create and sustain good-paying jobs, support small businesses, prevent future pandemics, and advance lifesaving medical research. we need an omnibus to strengthen public schools, protect our air and water, combat the opioid epidemic, and support core services such as food safety and consumer product inspections. without an omnibus, investments in all these areas will be denied. for our veterans, we need an omnibus to provide sufficient
funding for veterans' benefits, reduce backlogs for veterans and their families, and meet the needs of the v.a.'s health care system. without an omnibus, there will be a shortfall that will cause veterans not to receive their benefits in full. for our national security, we need an omnibus to support defense readiness and modernization, secure our cyber infrastructure, and strengthen american leadership abroad. without an omnibus, a pay raise for troops will not be funded while funds will be misdirected to a war we are no longer fighting. as i said before, i wanted to be here today passing a bipartisan, bicameral appropriations agreement. sadly, we are not. but as republicans take the next 2 1/2 months, democrats remain ready, willing, and able to move this process forward. we are ready to go, but we need willing partners to put the american people first. with a new deadline of february 18, it is long past time for our
republican colleagues to offer constructive proposals to address the critical issues facing the country by funding the federal government's important work. as the american people put their faith and trust in us, they deserve no less. i urge a yes vote on this legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: thank you, madam speaker. today, i rise to speak on h.r. 6119, the short-term continuing resolution through february 18. i must admit i'm disappointed to be on the floor of the house today to speak about a continuing resolution rather than fulfill year appropriations bills. but earlier this year, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle crafted fiscal year 2022 bills with little input from republicans, and we have not been able to find a path forward. during markups this summer, our
members made it clear we would not support partisan bills that include irresponsible spending increases and extreme policies. unfortunately, that is exactly where we find ourselves. the house and senate bills were drafted to top line spending levels that do not reflect a bipartisan consensus. the majority people also focused funding on their own priorities with nondefense spending increasing at a much higher rate than defense spending. and last but certainly not least, the policies in the bills are the most extreme i have seen since i became a member of the appropriations committee. during 2019 and 2020, there were also strong differences of opinions, but we had an agreement in place to allow us to negotiate final bills quickly. terms were rather simple, they reached early agreement on the spending framework. everyone agreed to drop
controversial language and restore long standing provisions unless all sides agreed to changes. i'm concerned that we cannot have meaningful discussions on full-year appropriations without a similar understanding before we start. i wish we would have focused on funding the essential elements of government long before now. instead, too much time has been spent focusing on extreme partisan and costly bills being sent to the president's desk, and there could be another bill on the way before the end of the freer. -- under of the year. it's unrealistic for republicans to negotiate on appropriations bills while this massive reconciliation package is still under discussion. our constituents are demanding we take a comprehensive look at all the spending this year. with our debts skyrocketing and inflation at the highest levels in 30 years, we cannot afford to think about appropriations bills in isolation. however, i do hope that we can make progress getting our bills
finalized once we move into a new year. otherwise, we will be having the same conversation in february about another continuing resolution. thank you and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from ohio, the chairwoman of the appropriations subcommittee on energy and water development, ms. kaptur. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio is recognized. ms. kaptur: i thank the chairwoman for yielding. madam speaker, i rise to address this latest short-term budget fix before us. we have a bipartisan responsibility to pass a full year appropriation package, and democrats have worked in good faith to find common ground that will allow us to meet our national obligations to the american people and deliver essential services that they expect. unfortunately, republicans have
decided that engaging in partisan politics and throwing up needless speed bumps and delays and roadblocks is more important than doing their job. the people harmed most by this destruction are the hardworking families, seniors, and veterans i represent. in fact, our great lakes region deserves so much better, and americans deserve better. let's govern our nation. no more stalls. our bipartisan energy and water subcommittee worked diligently to craft a forward-thinking bill. it invests new resources to meet america's needs and create good jobs. in clean energy and water technologies, allowing us to secure our nation's energy independence, create good-paying jobs, and confront the climate crisis that is impacting every coast and every region of this coast and frankly continent. a full-year bill will ensure our water resource agencies are able to meet the needs of the american people and solidify our
waterway and port infrastructure, driving our economy forward, meeting the backlogs that are there, and creating good jobs from coast to coast. the people's business must be conducted, and for the sake of our nation, republicans should work in a constructive manner, not destructive. we look forward to passing these bills and investing in the american people. for now, i urge my colleagues to support this bridge to the future and move our nation forward again. thank you and i yield back. .. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman is recognized. >> i rise in reluctant opposition to the continuing resolution but i wanted to recognize representative meeks, she was a great friend and we
will miss her. for months the other side of the aisle created thier big social welfare bill. it represents the most radical change to the american social contract in history. creating generations of dependency on the backs of the american middle class. while they went back and forth going further left with each version, the clock on funding our government ran out. the most basic responsibility is to fund the government to ensure seniors and veterans receive their earned benefits on time. and yet, majority pushed aside the basic duty in the name of radical social change. the c.r. before us represents their lack to govern. our committee has heard firsthand about the threats that
face our country. right now, this very moment, the russians have amassed forces along the ukranian border, weeks after they demonstrated to destroy a satellite in high orbit. unbelievable. a record of chinese airplane and their naval forces threaten in the south china sea. 7,000 hardened terrorists has created for us and allies and threats such at north korea and iran remain as well. we cannot cripple our national security apparatus with c.r.'s. it's not only wasteful, this c.r. is going to cost the
department of defense $1.7 billion per month for nothing. but it allows our adversaries imagining while we remain stagnant. we must give them the funding and the tools they need to counter the threats of the united states. it's time that the majority focus on their most basic task, do the work. our veterans and seniors and the most vulnerable among us deserve better. i urge our colleagues to vote no and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: they refuse to come to the table to negotiate jeopardizing benefits to our seniors and veterans. i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from north carolina chairman of the subcommittee
transparency, housing and urban development, mr. price. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. price: i rise in support of this continuing resolution, this is a stop-gap measure necessitated by republican refusal to work with the democrats to find a path forward for the balance of the fiscal year. i can attest to the need for a full year transportation-h.u.d. bill to update our infrastructure and remedy housing and prevent aevictions. federal aviation administration, providing full-year funding to strengthen and modernize air traffic control and hire personnel. we need to review housing vouchers for nearly five million
families to ensure they can remain housed. we need to keep pace with the costs of upgrading our nation's public housing which houses more than two million low-income residents and we spent months vetting community funding requests in a bipartisan manner for well-designed transportation and housing developments that produced benefits without completing the annual appropriations process. none of these investments will be possible. i urge adoption of this c.r. today but i urge my republican colleagues to meet congress' most basic constitutional responsibility of funding our government, directing investments to the future by coming to the table and let's find a constructive path forward and i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: i yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. roy. mr. roy: there is a lot of noise. it's about whether or not members of this body will continue to use money we don't have to fund mandates and use of force against its citizens. 73.5 billion is subsidized with critical race theory. $10 billion for an f.b.i. that was used by the attorney general of the united states to target parents. $50 billion for department ofhomeland security that leaves our borders wide open and 6 billion for fauci, dr. fauci. need i say more? $592 million for osha that has
unconstitutional vaccine mandate. i offer to strip and wasn't even able to see the light of day. congress is supposed to use the power of the purse, rather than hiding behind article 3 judges to check the executive branch. we have to give voice to the people whose livelihoods are being attacked. my friend who battles m.s. is looking to be termination. the military personnel including the 13-year army veteran facing being discharged. these are our neighbors, our relatives, our friends, maybe not for some of you who go home but these are real americans that this government wants to go after. i urge my colleagues to stop
empowering the executive branch and i urge my republican colleagues but stand with mike lee and senators. we should not fund tyranny over the american citizen, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentlelady from. ms. delauro: fears about government requirements are silly and the republicans are prepared to shut down the government based on this. incredible. i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the chairwoman of the subcommittee, ms. roybal-allard. ms. roybal-: allard there is a responsibility that congress has is to determine how taxpayer dollars will be spent on behalf of our constituents. the continuing resolution before the house will prevent a government shutdown and give sufficient time to complete the
full-year funding bills if the minority will come to the negotiating table. some friends on the other side of the aisle have said enacting a year-long c.r. which will wash our hands of a constitutional duty. my subcommittee is responsible for drafting the funding bill for the department ofhomeland security. if my republican colleagues suggest we were to pass a full-year c.r., d.h. would includes 20% increase for the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency. funding to increase fema's capacity to respond to the growing disasters of climate change and trade facilitation and security at our ports of environs try. a 6% increase for homeland
security investigations and 8% increase for critical coast guard operations. let's quickly approve the short-term c.r. and roll up our sleeves and work together to fulfill our constitutional duty by negotiating full year bills. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlemanfrom california is recognized. mr. calvert: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to chairman of the chairman of the subcommittee on agriculture, mr. bishop. mr. bishop: we have created jobs for our economy and ensure national security. as chairman of the house agriculture, and related
agencies, i want to stress the programs in our bill touch the lines of every single american every day. it will ensure that usda can continue to feed america and the world to expand economic opportunity to create jobs in rural areas and meet the demands of farm ownership loans and increase funding to address the opioid crisis and simply put it will provide resources to ensure we have the most abundant and safest medicine in the world and help families that may struggle to put food on the table through programs like snap and w.i.c. house and senate republicans have refused to negotiate with democrats on government funding. we are passing this short-term
bill just to keep the government open. in doing so, democrats are making sure our government continues saving the american people and offering another chance for our republican colleagues to come to the table. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and come together with us to provide peace of mind and certainty to our fellow americans bypassing a fiscal year 2022 package. mr. calvert: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from california, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. lee: let me first thank our
chairwoman for your tremendous leadership i tell you because this continuing resolution and should not be necessary. we had ample time to complete bicameral and bipartisan negotiations to complete our full year funding responsibility but not all parties have agreed. the democrats are determined to keep our government open and i urge everyone to support this continuing resolution. there are challenges outside of our board hers and complete our work on an appropriations bill that provides the investments in pelosi and development to -- floes -- difficult plom asy and development. and increasing funding for global health and pandemic response efforts, humanitarian assistance and commitments to allies and partners and we must
provide resources to defeat the global covid-19 pandemic and taking the proper steps. the house bill also has a tripling of environmental funding from the prior years which address climate change and accelerate the process and progress in adapttations of clean energy. our bill prioritizees the protection and advancement of women including for family planning, which has not received an increase in funding in over a decade. these investments along with other -- may i have an additional 30 seconds? ms. delauro: i yield an additional 30 seconds. ms. lee: these investments along with other important investments in housing, jobs and community investment are on hold until we complete our work for fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills. we must not shirk on our global
responsibilities but pass an omnibus bill as soon as possible. lives and livelihoods depend on this. thank you, chairwoman delauro, trying to keep the government open. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. . ms. delauro: i yield to the gentlelady from minnesota, ms. mccollum. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from minnesota is recognized. ms. mccollum: madam speaker, we're here today to prevent the republicans from shutting down the federal government tomorrow. republicans in the u.s. senate are holding the f.y. 2022 appropriations process hostage by refusing to do any work, let alone negotiate with democrats. rather than doing their job of funding the federal government, senate republicans want to kick the can down the road, wasting the first 4 1/2 months of the fiscal year. as chair of the defense
appropriations subcommittee, it's clear that republicans are undermining our national security. they are increasing waste and efficiency. they're weakening our military readiness, and they're sending the signal to our troops and those in the defense industry they are not a priority. the american people should be sick and tired of hearing republicans in congress talk about how we need a stronger national defense while doing everything in their power to weaken our national defense. in this time of instability in this world, russia's knocking on the doorsteps of ukraine, china's on the doorstep of taiwan. there are serious national security threats in the world. when our adversaries look at congress, they see republicans playing political games rather than investing in research and modernization. what kind of message does that send to our adversaries? what kind of message does that send to the men and women of our military who we ask to do the toughest job while putting their lives on the line? i'm voting for this continuing resolution to prevent a republican shutdown, but i must
say, while this c.r. is necessary, i find it to be unacceptable as an outcome. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: i yield the gentleman, mr. arrington from texas, two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. arrington: madam speaker, these c.r.'s, these fits and starts of prioritizing the nation's resources and allocating these resources so we can run the people's government are inefficient at best, they're dysfunctional, it's disgraceful, and it's pervasive, and it is a structural issue that both republicans and democrats have to solve ultimately. and i'm trying to be fair about this, because i've seen this happen when republicans have been in charge, in all fairness.
i think the difference in this -- in this time, in the life of our country, is that my democrat colleagues have been distracted trying to pass a massive tax-and-spend bill. it's the largest expansion of government. it's the largest tax hike. it is the -- it is the biggest transfer of wealth. it is -- it's a lot of things, and they ain't good. and meanwhile, we've just -- we're just totally punting on managing our budget that three years in a row my colleagues have not put forth a budget. and what i'd like to see us do to fix this for both sides is to consider when we're talking about c.r.'s and the debt ceiling and we're putting on display for the entire world how dysfunctional we are with respect to budget and appropriation is that we'd actually put forward bipartisan
reforms like enforceable spending caps. those are gone after this year. how about pay-goes and cut-goes that are enforceable so we force congress to do what everyone else does in this country which is live within their means? there is a whole list here -- debt targets. no budget, no recess. how about we stay here and celebrate christmas and the holidays until we get a budget passed? i implore you to talk to your leadership while i'm talking to mine so we can do something about this so we don't keep this dysfunction going inif i night up and i thank you for the indulgence and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. delauro: it's the republican's refusal to come to the table to negotiate and force us do a short-term stopgap measure. we shouldn't be doing it but republicans need to come to the
table. with that i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from ohio, the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on the legislative branch, mr. ryan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. ryan: i appreciate the opportunity to speak. what you're seeing here before the united states congress is two clear different visions of about -- of america and where we want to go and what we want to do. we know that china is running circles around us. we know they're building islands in the south china sea. we know russia's on the border. we know the middle class has been eroded. and we know the republican philosophy has been -- cut taxes for the top 1%, and hope the crumbs fall down to places like youngstown, ohio. but what we are trying to do is three things. we want to build the united states. we want to rebuild the middle class. and we want to beat china. and we can't do that if we don't have our greatest weapon, and
our greatest weapon during the cold war and our greatest weapon over the last 50 years has been a strong middle class. that's been our greatest weapon, our greatest strength has been we reinvested in the united states, we reinvested into our communities, we invested in the technology, and we dominated the industry -- steel, glass, aerospace. and now, we're hearing from the other side, shut government down, don't do anything, we don't want to be an honest broker. tyranny? what are you people talking about? we are talking about universal preschool, and they have it as a communist indoctrination of the american student. it's insane. we need to pass this appropriations bill. we need to pass the chips act because we got to close the technology gap. so you look at all these boats out in california, they're not -- ask for an additional 30
seconds. ms. delauro: i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from ohio. mr. ryan: we see all these ships, cargo ships out in california, they're not coming from kansas. they're coming from china. and if we don't reinvest and bring these supply chains back here, we're going to continue to lose. and that's what's happening. china's outmanufacturing us semiconductors, communications equipment, electric vehicles, batteries. we have to rebuild our country, or this whole thing isn't going to work, and we got to make sure our kids are healthy and educated and skilled so they can thrive and outcompete china. that's what this bill is about. it's not about tyranny. it's not about indoctrination. it's about rebuilding the united states. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. ryan: yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: i recognize myself for as much time as i may
consume. i just want to make a point. the republicans on the appropriations committee want to increase our defense spending. we don't want to cut defense spending. the -- both the republicans and democrats on the authorizing committee don't want to cut defense spending. and both the republicans and the democrats of the united states senate don't want to cut defense spending. we have a national defense strategy that was laid down by general mattis, which i think we should follow, which has a net -- asks for a net increase of three -- a minimum of 3% to 5% net of inflation. that's just to maintain some credible deterrent against china and a resurgent russia. and until we get to those numbers, madam chairman, we'll be continuing to operate on a continuing resolution. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: if the republicans wanted to do something about our
defense and our security and the military, they would move to work with us to pass the defense appropriations bill and the omnibus. with that i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, the chair of the appropriations subcommittee on military construction and veterans' affairs, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. madam speaker, the republicans' refusal to negotiate bipartisan spending bills has a standing on another shutdown cliff and once more, relying on another band-aid funding bill. it's the same place we were two months ago when congress voted to provide two more months for earnest negotiations. since then house and senate democrats put forth proposals, and republicans put nothing on the table. as everyone who figures out your household bills, it doesn't put groceries on the table. nothing. it isn't going to put food in the refrigerator. it doesn't pay the phone bill or buy anyone's prescriptions, but
that's what republicans came up within the last few months -- absolutely nothing. it looks a lot like the solutions that republican put forward, nothing. they have no plan. so as responsible stewards, the appropriations democrats crafted yet another extension to maintain funding levels through february and ensure our most urgent needs can be met. but working families, small businesses and veterans need the certainty that comes with passing a full appropriations package to create jobs, prevent future pandemics and keep schools safe. we need an omnibus budget to safeguard our air, our food, and our water. as chair of the milcon-va subcommittee, i know they need an omnibus to get the earned benefits, to slash the backlog and fully meet their health care needs. i urge a yes vote on this continuing resolution because it will extend funding for critical education, housing, and public safety programs. these are proems and -- programs and services that every community, red or blue, relies on every day.
but republicans' refusal to put the american people first -- i ask the gentlewoman for an additional 30 seconds. delauro declare i -- ms. delauro: i yield the lady 30 seconds. ms. wasserman schultz: the republicans' refusal to put the american people first leaves every parent, mom and pop shop less secure. let's get serious about governing. i say it's time to show up to work and stop worshipping at the alter of donald trump for five minutes to do your job. let's stop this brinksmanship and negotiate the f.y. 2022 bills so we can meet the country's needs. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: i recognize myself for one moment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. calvert: i think everybody knows, madam speaker, what -- what the conditions are that's been pretty much publicized. national defense spending must go up. the balance of appropriations and the balance of the
appropriations has to come down. the legacy riders must come back in. the poison pills has to go away. it's pretty simple as far as i'm concerned. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i want to remind my colleague on the other side of the aisle that a continuing resolution is a cut to defense. if you come to the table, we discuss it, we can move forward on the defense of this nation. with that, let me yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from maine, the chair of the appropriations subcommittee on interior and the environment, ms. pingree. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from maine is recognized. ms. pingree: thank you, madam speaker. thank you to the very able chair for yielding me the time. i rise to support the continuing resolution, which extends government funding at current levels until we pass a full appropriations package for the next fiscal year. it is my strong hope this short-term extension will be the last one and that my colleagues across the aisle will
acknowledge our solemn duty to exercise the power of the purse. a continuing resolution that lasts a full year does not serve the american people. as the chair of the interior appropriations subcommittee, i can tell you that investment in the interior will benefit all of our constituents for both of us on both sides of the aisle. the bill makes long overdue investments to protect human health, to fight the climate emergency and immediate our tribal obligations. and these agencies can meet these missions and better serve the public. failing to complete a full year bill means no additional investments in the e.p.a. to research and develop standards for harmful pollutants like pfas. no further investments in domestic renewable energy and insufficient resources for the health care of nearly 2.2 million american indians and alaskan natives. regardless of whether we pass a full year bill, we can be certain that millions of
americans will be exposed to pollution, that health care costs will rise, and that our window for mitigating climate change will shrink. to ignore these threats is not in the nation's best interests nor any of ours. we were sent to congress to improve the lives and livelihoods of our constituents. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill, but i encourage my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to finish the bill. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: i'm happy to yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. perry: thank you, madam speaker. and thank you, mr. calvert. i appreciate the moment here. in the name of science, congressional democrats are continuing their unconstitutional, unlawful march to force americans to get the jab. think about it. democrats have -- are already on the path to ruin christmas, destroying the supply chain. they're just going to keep going, right, destroying industry after industry, for a
party that praised america's health care workers when there wasn't a jab available, who were out there on the front lines. now, if they don't get it, it's ok to fire them, and not a word. finally, mandates for defense contractors and intelligence workers who have to make a choice between defebding -- defending their country and putting their own life in peril -- and no discussion about natural immunity. none whatsoever. you can have had covid already. not good enough. got to get the jab or lose your job. vote against this. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i rand want to remind the gentleman anti-science fear mongerings have vaccines is wrong. science is on our side and history is on our side. vaccines work. with that let me yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from illinois, the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on financial services and general government, mr. quigley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. quigley: thank you, madam speaker.
i rise today in disappointed support of a second continuing resolution. but let's remember every continuing resolution reflects a failure to govern. house democrats did our job and passed government funding bills, all of them, to trade good-paying jobs and support the hardworking middle class and protect our national security. in september we voted on a bipartisan basis to extend government funding through december 3 to allow negotiations to finalize legislation. since then my colleagues across the aisle have failed to negotiate with us on funding. considering another new short-term c.r. before the holiday break when we should have completed our work. the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. sure enough, here we are again having to pass another short-term c.r. because we can't pass funding bills in a regular manner.
there is more than enough time in a year to come to agreement and pass funding bills. america's friends and enemies around the world are watching us to see if our country can continue to function in a changing world. we must show them we can, but this effort requires compromise as it always has. i ask them to join us for a bipartisan, bicameral negotiation to resolve our differences and keep government working for the people. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on commerce, just ticks and science, mr. cartwright. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized mr. cartwright: i thank cherokee lawyer -- delauro for yielding me the time. i do rise in support of the continuing resolution. at the same time i join my colleagues in calling on the
other side of the aisle to join in helping enact a year-long appropriations act the way we are supposed to do rather than relying on this kind of stop-and-go government funding or a full year continuing resolution. as has also been threatened. a full year continuing resolution would be disastrous to our country in so many ways. would greatly limit or reduce essential investments in our nation's future. as for the commerce, just t. science, and related acies -- agencies appropriations bill as reported out of committee earlier this year, it provides funding increases aimed at creating jobs in distressed communities and forcing our trade laws, fighting crime and supporting community involvement with law enforcement. ensuring civil rights, advancing american scientific research, fighting the opioid epidemic, confronting the climate crisis, among so many other critical public investments.
these funding increases are only possible with an appropriations agreement. i urge support both for the short-term c.r. and to quickly finalize a full year appropriations agreement. yield back to the chair lady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for a minute. ms. jackson lee: i thank the chairwoman and all of the very important people on the appropriations committee. i asked the question, what side do you want to be on? do you want to be on the side that provides our hardworking military pay raises for troops, to be able to get money away from a misdirected war? do you want to be on the side that provides for working families? do you want to be on the side that stops those who can't pay
for daycare to have that? do you want to be on the side of those who say i'm a federal employee and i have been shut out of my job? what side do you want to be on? i want to be on the side of negotiating an omnibus that works for the american people. i want my republican friends to know that we have tried to negotiate, but we are adults and we are not going to let this government shut down. what we are going to do is recognize there are dangerous times. we know that there is now an overwhelmy kron -- omicron variant. we are not going to play the anti-va x-er game. we are not going to say it's about vaccine mandates because we know most of the federal government has been vaccinated. what we are going to do is extend this resolution to keep the government opened because the side that we, democrats are on, are the side of the american people and our government workers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for another 30 seconds. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentlelady very much. the government workers who go out and work every day and the
families who go out and work every day. a shut down would induce furloughs that could hit 62% of the u.s. citizens -- centers for disease control. right in the middle of covid-19. in addition, families would be desperate as well. i want you to understand that veterans would suffer. during the thanksgiving holiday i went to the veterans hospital. i can tell you it's not empty. veterans are there every day. and when they are there, they are getting services. do you want to be part of a government shutdown where veterans hospitals are closed and veterans are standing outside with their hands asking what is happening? i want to be on the side of those who understand the value of working for the american families and doing what democrats have done, passing bills, passing laws that serve the american people. vote for the c.r. and vote for the omnibus. i yield back. i thank the gentlelady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from california.
mr. calvert: madam speaker, i'm a little confused. last i looked the democratic party controls the house, they control the senate, and they control the white house. if they want to pass an omnibus bill, pass it. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from i rhode island is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i first want to say thank you to the appropriations chair and to the members of the appropriations committee for their extraordinary work. let's be clear about one thing. continuing resolution is not a way to proceed. but it is the only way we can proceed in the face of republican obstruction. and when you vote no on the continuing resolution, you are voting to defund the government and shut it down. that means veterans can't access
health care at the v.a. it means native american tribes can't have access to health care in schools. it means our troops won't get the pay they deserve. you are voting to shut the government down. and at the same time you are unwilling to be part of a process to pass appropriations bills for an entire year. you are here to govern. you have a responsibility to make sure this appropriation process works. and i am grateful for the service and members of the appropriations committee that have worked on this in a painstaking way. we have republicans in the senate who are obstructing this process, but i'm glad i'm part of a party that makes sure government remains opened, that we take care of our responsibilities, that we ensure that this economic recovery under way is not hampered. i thank the chair of the appropriations committee for the hard work in bringing up this moment. i urge everyone to support the continuing resolution. be responsible. with it i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to address their remarks to the chair.
the gentlewoman from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. calvert: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: madam speaker, let me just say to you that we have heard from a number of advocacy groups urging the congress to move on taking up a full year omnibus. let me just tell you the groups that have written to us. we are looking at the national defense industrial association. on behalf of thousands of companies represented by the national defense industrial association, we write to request the expedited completion of the defense appropriation bill. talk about the american -- association of american
universities urge you to reach a bipartisan agreement to complete the f.y.22 appropriations process before the end of the year. the aero space industry association, our essential partners they are urging us to avoid further c.r.es beyond december 3 wanting us to come to the table in order to be able to have a full year appropriations bill. the coalition for health funding. the same message to all of us. relying on continuing resolutions would be a grave missed opportunity to improve the lives of all americans. a full year appropriations bill. the ad hoc group for medical research telling us the very, very same thing. to move -- to maximize the potential of medical research we need to move forward with a full year bill.
the veterans organizations saying the same thing. do not shortchange veterans and their benefits by holding back on a full year appropriations bill. with that i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: -- mr. calvert: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves and has 30 seconds left. the gentleman from california reserves. ms. delauro: i yield a minute -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady doesn't have a minute. i understand she's yielding 30 seconds. mr. hoyer: i thank the chair. of the appropriations committee for yielding me one minute. i rise to say, of course
everybody's going to vote for this bill. i wish i believed that. madam speaker, this bill is a demonstration of the failure of 535 adults elected by their fellow citizens to act responsibly. obviously of those 535, a number have acted responsibly. have worked to get the job done. there are really only 12 bills that need to pass the congress. there are many other bills that are important bills and should pass the congress that i voted for and make life better. for america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady had 30 seconds to yield.
mr. calvert: madam speaker, i yield the gentleman one minute. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman. who is my friend. and i thank him for that. as i was saying this is a failure. we knew that these 12 bills have to pass. why? because if they do not, government shuts down. it stops serving the american people. it stops maintaining security. and health. and welfare. of our people. so we know these bills have to pass.
but notwithstanding that, year after year after year we come to this point where we are adopting a c.r. it's really a c.i., congressional irresponsibility. let me say that i generally speak of the congress, but very frankly, madam speaker, we have exercised our responsibility in this house. and we passed nine of the 12 appropriation bills and sent them to the senate. the senate, madam speaker, has not sent a single bill to the house. not passed a single appropriation bill. through the united states senate. they passed through some committee. i heard my friend, tom cole, speaking earlier on the rule. he is my friend. he's a member i respect. he's a member of the
appropriations committee and the rules committee. he's a member who respects this institution. but but i disagreed with him very much about why we were at a c.r. we passed the overwhelmingly 75% of the appropriation bill before august 1. and sent them to the senate. they have neither acted on those bills, nor have they acted on their open bills and asked to go to conference. so we find ourselves at the 11th hour as we did on september 30, although we passed the c.r. a little before september 30, without having funded the government. the gentleman referred to the fact that we control both houses. frankly, nobody controls the
united states senate. we are in the majority by one. but unfortunately in the united states senate, you need not a majority, you need a super majority, so that the minority can defeat the majority. the minority can defeat the majority. in the united states senate. that is an appalling place for our democracy to be. i've written an op-ed in "time" magazine on that issue. and it's been distributed to many members. mr. cole made an assessment about why the c.r. is coming to the floor today with just hours to go before. his assessment was not correct. the reason we have not gotten, as the gentlelady has pointed out, even the opportunity to discuss a resolution of the differences between the house and the senate on spending levels and the objects of that
spending is because the senate has refused to -- senate republicans, excuse me, have refused to negotiate and made as a condition precedent as we lawyers say, something that's got to happen before you do something else, that we resolve all the riders. now for any of us who have been involved in the appropriations process for any period of time, the riders are almost always the last item to be resolved. invariably. and i served as an active member of the appropriations committee for 23 years, and for the last 20, or i suppose a little short of that, 16 years, have been very much involved in working with the appropriations committee to get these bills passed. and because of the refusal to even sit down and determine how much money we will spend overall, which is called, in our
jargon, 302-a numbers we have been unable, the chairman has been unable to get to a discussion, discussion of the differences so that they could be resolved. if you can't discuss, you can't resolve. so that for mr. cole, fangly, to have intimated somehow that the democrats couldn't do it, it takes two to tango and frankly one of the partners in the senate doesn't want to tango. until something happens that almost always happens at the end. so the timing for the consideration of this c.r. resulted not from the gorse' focus on passing critical legislation to help the american people get ahead, the build back better act, the infrastructure bill, which by the way only 13 republicans voted for but my
speculation is at least half of them are going to take credit for what we've done in that bill. maybe all of them. it is a result this failure, of the minority's determination to slow down the work of congress so that such legislation is delayed. as a matter of fact the majoritr in the united states senate said exactly that. he said that he would not consider negotiating on the c.r. until build back better was done. which means he's prepared to shut down the government and i think that's probably not true. i don't think he wants to shut down the government. i hope he doesn't want to shut down the government. and he wants to gum up the works on build back better. i get that. he's opposed to it. doesn't like it. thinkst it's the wrong priorities. that's an honest position to take.
i think it's incorrect but it's honest. but don't do it by playing games with the appropriations process. in my view, the senate treats the appropriations process as a backwater issue. when we get to it, we'll get to it. but we got a lot of other things to do first. for the last 10, 11 months that's what the case has been. to dissemble and derail the legislative process using every tool available to them to prohibit congress doing exactly what the american people are looking for us to do is not responsible. how sad, how shameful that reality is i agree that it's unfortunate that we have to take up another stopgap measure this week to keep the government operating. if it were based on whether this is the right thing to do in terms of substance, i would vote no but it absolutely is the right thing to do in terms of process. but the chair is absolutely right. we need to pass an omnibus. and i would hope that every
republican, after hopefully passing this piece of legislation, today or tomorrow, will then address how we are going to have an omnibus. how are we going to deal with the problems. how we're going to give the government agencies that which they need to meet new challenges that were not available to us a year ago. and so they could not be addressed. extremely disappointing that senate republicans are blocking progress toward full-year appropriations that will enable our government to serve the american people. i happen to believe that the chair, excuse me, the ranking member, senator shelby wants to see an omnibus passed. i believe that. i believe the tactics of republican leadership in the senate is not to do so until they get what they want.
that's dangerous for our country. and it's extraordinarily inefficient. for the two million people who are waiting to see what we're doing. and that's what they're focused on. not their job. not their priorities. not the dangers. not what's happening. is the government going to fund us? on saturday. on saturday are we going to be able to operate? there are few certainties in washington, madam speaker, but one of them has now become that congress will not complete the appropriations process by the start of the fiscal year. i've tried to make that happen every year that i've been majority leader. the chair of the committee, rosa delauro, did everything she could to pass 12 appropriations bills by the august 1 deadline.
if we had any help, any help on the republican side, we would have done it. any help. and we have only a four-vote margin over here. so on some of the bills that were more controversial for one reason or another, we needed some help. and i will remind my friends, and i do dearly thank him for yielding the time, he knew it was going to be a somewhat extended discussion but i thank him for that. it was a very -- it reflectbacks to how this institution used to operate, frankly. i appreciate it. but he knows that when the republican side was in the majority but they could not get the majority of votes on fiscal issue, they looked to this side of the aisle and we always helped. and made it happen. maybe not 100% of us but in large enough so that important
fiscal issues would be dealt with and passed. only six times over the past 20 years has congress come within three months of this deadline, the end of the fiscal year. i could go on for some period of time talking about mr. cole, he said the majority wasn't serious. we're very serious. and we have been the ones that opened up government after it was shut down for some 35 days when we took over from the republican leadership in the two congresses ago. we can do better. and for mr. cole to say that we were spending time pandering to the american people by passing the build back better act, or passing the bipartisan infrastructure act, i hope he reflects upon that statement and says no, that was wrong. yes, we focused on build back
better because we think it's important for the american people. but we had already passed the appropriation bills. they were already in the senate. ready to be acted upon. and we were ready to act in response. madam speaker, this is a result of the inability of the congress to work. the house worked. republicans and democrats, this house can work. maybe sometimes i don't agree with what it does, and maybe sometime miscolleagues on the other side of the aisle don't agree. but it works. it can pass legislation. the senate is not working.
and it is hurting our country. we should all resolve, however we vote on this resolution, on this c.r., we should all resolve, hopefully all of us, and i'm a good friend of the ranking member, ms. granger. i think she wants to get this bill done. this bill i'm talking about, omnibus, all the 12 appropriation bills. i think she wants to get that done. but i'm not sure that she's been empowered by her leadership to do so. we can have differences. and we have a way of resolving those differences. ultimately we vote. but if we keep putting it off, putting it off, putting it off, it undermines the credibility of the united states, the confidence that people have in our country, the confidence that our workers have in our
stewardship of the leadership of this country. and the people's confidence. so we ought to resolve that we stop this. later today, the house is expected -- before i say that. let me say that the republicans, through mr. cole, have talked about a motion to recommit. it mirrors the unserious nature of their opposition. why do i say that? because their motion to recommit has nothing to do with the funding of government. has nothing to do with our
responsibility to ensure that government continues to work on behalf of the american people. rather, it would send this bill back to committee. and would not possibly be able to act in a timely fashion that some 30 hours from now, i guess, 31 1/2 hours from now, government would shut down. i would have understood perhaps a motion that would have said we were going to fund government at this level, going to fund this objective and not that objective. that's not what it did. a totally irrelevant to the appropriations process bill. they may think it's an important issue, i get that. but it doesn't have anything to do with this issue. and very frankly, that's exactly what the senate has been doing. on the republican side. irrelevant issues not the
appropriations process. so we find ourselves now at a time when we must pass this v.r. i'm not in love with this c.r. but in a world of alternatives there should be none for any of us. all of us should have the courage to be responsible. madam speaker, all of us should have the courage to say there is no alternative. and after we pass this bill and the senate passes this bill, get down to the work between now and february 18, and i would hope we could pass an omnibus appropriation bill, including the work of the gentleman from california, the gentleman -- the gentlewoman from connecticut, all the rest of us. on the priorities that we want to pursue as an american people. and the investments that we want
to make in achieving those objectives. i i hope we do that. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: thank you, madam speaker. i would like to remind my friends in the majority, we don't run the house. we don't run the white house. god only knows who runs the senate. but i do know this. that the gentleman, the majority leader referred to, the minority ranking member in the united states senate certainly wants an appropriation bill. i think he's made it quite clear, and i think we have made it quite clear, you referred to mr. cole, he's made it quite clear, that the legacy riders, which need to come back in, the poison pills have got to go out. the dollars, by the way, which we have not agreed to, in
defense spending, as you know the appropriations committee did not agree to a number that passed in the united states house of representatives. it did pass by the authorization committee the higher number and in the senate by a higher number, both republicans and democrats. i think we recognize the defense number has to go up. and something else has to come down. if those things happen i think we can have a serious negotiation. until then i'm afraid we'll continue to operate on a continuing operation -- continuing resolution. with that i'm happy to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. greene: thank you. madam speaker, i rise in opposition to the c.r.. the american people are $29 trillion in debt. thanks to congress. and this congress wants to borrow more money and more time to figure out how to run the
government and how to pay for it. that is an outrage to the american people. you want to talk about courage and responsibility? do you know what courage and responsibility is? it's learning how to manage the people's money, the people work hard every single day, they have to pay the taxes, and then they have to trust this house, this body, and the senate to create a budget, but every single time it's a budget that puts them further and further in debt. it is an audacity, audacity of congress to borrow more money and not be able to come up with a budget that makes sense and that we can pay for. what an outrage. what an irresponsibility. that isn't courage. that is not responsibility. that is out-of-control behavior that this congress needs to rein in. this government should be shut
down. you want to know why it should be shut down? because the people in here, the people in here cannot control themselves. the people in here don't understand how to balance the checkbook. and the people in here do not deserve, deserve the responsibility on how to spend the american people's money. $29 trillion. $29 trillion, madam speaker. shut it down. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mrs. greene: do not pass the c.r.. shut it down. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: madam speaker, as i said before, fiscal year 2022 bills were drafted with little input from republicans and since then we have not been able to find a path forward. in years past we have had an agreement in place that allowed us to negotiate final bills quickly. i'm concerned that we cannot have a meaningful discussion on full year appropriations without a similar understanding going in. that's why in a few moments i
will offer a motion to recommit. my motion would simply spend send this bill back to committee so that we can come to an agreement on the process for addressing full year bills. to return to our strong bipartisan traditions, i urge support for the motio >> congress has avoided a government shutdown by passing a temporary spending bill to keep the government open until february. representative adam kissinger was the only republican to vote in favor. it was then approved and sent to resident biden for a signature. without congressional action, it would have expired at midnight. >> today on c-span, president biden talks about the latest jobs report from november at 10:15 a.m. eastern.
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