Statement from Rep. Peter DeFazio on the Continuing Resolution
Rep. Peter DeFazio today released the following statement in response to the Continuing Budget Resolution put forth by House Republicans:
“Today I voted against the Continuing Resolution, the fifth short-term extension to fund the federal government in more than four months. We are running our government in fits and starts, instead of addressing the issues facing working families today. I cannot support yet another stop-gap funding measure that not only kicks the can down the road, but explodes our debt and provides a massive funding increase to the Pentagon, which has a disgraceful record of mismanaging taxpayer dollars.
“This spending bill raises federal spending by more than $300 billion dollars, setting the stage for the U.S. to owe nearly $23 trillion in national debt by 2027. This is in addition to the $1.5 trillion the Republican tax bill will cost our nation.
“In December of 2016, the Washington Post reported $125 billion in administrative waste at the Pentagon. Just this week, Politico reported that as a result of the Pentagon’s first-ever audit, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), one of the Pentagon’s largest agencies, cannot account for more than $800 million in construction projects. With the audit likely to produce even more examples of the Pentagon’s lack of proper accounting and use of funds, now is not the time to hand the Pentagon a massive increase.
“I will not stand by while Republicans hand billions to a bloated and wasteful Pentagon as a means to justify devastating cuts to vital programs that thousands of working Americans depend on such as Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.”