Friday, October 11, 2013

Congresswoman supports 13th House vote to pass funding for essential services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after passage of H.J. Res. 76, the Nuclear Weapon Security and Non-Proliferation Act:

“This is the thirteenth time the House voted to responsibly fund essential services for the American people during this disappointing government shutdown. Passage of this resolution is critically important to our national security, providing necessary support to our defense, emergency, and nuclear security operations.

“As Washington works to find common ground and end this shutdown, we cannot lose sight of our responsibility to protect our communities and keep Hoosier families safe. I urge the Senate to quickly vote on this resolution to ensure immediate funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

“Yesterday, I was pleased that Majority Leader Reid allowed the Senate to vote on House legislation to provide death benefits for military families of fallen soldiers, which was subsequently signed by President Obama. I am hopeful the president and Senate will continue to approve more House measures to support our servicemembers and the American people.”

Passage of this resolution marks the thirteenth measure passed by the House of Representatives to fund essential government services since October 1st, funding over half of the federal government despite the shutdown. Nearly all of this legislation remains on hold in the Senate, where is has yet to be brought to the floor for a vote by Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Summary of today’s House-passed vote:

H.J.Res. 76 (Nuclear Weapon Security and Non-Proliferation Act): Provides immediate funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at fiscal year 2013 post-sequester levels until an appropriations bill is passed or until Dec. 15, 2013—whichever comes first.

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