Special to the Journal
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies released a statement regarding his vote to pass H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. Passage of this stop-gap appropriations bill ensures the continued funding of all government operations.“First and foremost, we must ensure that government services continue to be available to the public.” said Congressman Bishop. “Although this current stop-gap funding bill is imperfect, it is necessary that it moves to the Senate because any delay past March 27 would shut down the government and significantly hurt the economy.”
“It is my hope that a more reasonable stop-gap funding measure will be approved by the Senate, continuing the strong support for defense, military construction, and veterans’ initiatives found in the House bill as well as protecting vital health, education, agriculture, and job training programs,” concluded Bishop. “Our country relies on government to function with reliability and certainty, and so it is with my constituents, Georgia, and all Americans in mind that I cast my vote.”
The current six-month continuing resolution is set to expire on March 27, 2013. In order to continue to fund government services, a new budget or funding measure must be signed into law.