D.C.—U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement after
voting against a continuing resolution that included substantial, non-offset, unrelated spending. The legislation also re-authorized several programs without
the reforms they need to remain viable.
“The legislation considered today included important funding to
keep our government open, provide disaster relief, and support Afghan refugees.
Unfortunately, as is common when the Senate considers a bill perceived as
‘must-pass,’ the occasion was exploited to add billions to our deficit for
purposes that are only tenuously linked to recent disasters and not remotely
emergencies. Other provisions will exacerbate the long-standing financial
difficulties of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by once again
simply prolonging operations with no consideration of reform. One day Congress
may start budgeting honestly and stop putting off hard decisions on programs
like NFIP, but today was not that day.”