Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting on three separate appropriations bills of immediate priority. The measures are H. J. Res. 71, the Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act; H. J. Res 70, Open Our Nation’s Parks and Museums Act; and H.J. Res. 73, the Research for Lifesaving Cures.
“House Republicans do not want a government shutdown,” said King. “We want a resolution reflective of the needs and priorities of the American people. The government is temporarily and partially shutdown nonetheless, but the House has consistently put offers on the table and the Senate has repeatedly refused to negotiate. The House acted to alleviate a few of the most pressing concerns today by passing three bills: one to open our national parks and museums, one to ensure funding for the District of Columbia, and a third for funding for research for lifesaving cures.
The Senate should act on the House amendments to the Continuing Resolution to re-open the government. The Senate should go to conference on the Continuing Resolution to negotiate through our differences. Finally, in the absence of either of those responsible actions, the Senate should act on these bills on which both parties agree.”