WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) released the following statement regarding his opposition to the continuing resolution considered on the House floor last week. The continuing resolution passed by a vote of 230 to 197.
“While I voted for the last short-term continuing resolution, which was supposed to be a temporary measure pending completion of a long term spending bill, I voted against this one. Repeated continuing resolutions will cause further deterioration of our military readiness and military resources.
“More military members died in training accidents last year than in combat. This underscores the dire state of training and maintenance caused by years of budgetary neglect.
“Funding the armed forces through stop-gap measures puts severe pressure on efforts to fix training and maintenance shortfalls and endangers our troops, such as those killed during recent sea and aviation accidents.
“The time is now for both sides to sit down and finalize a long-term funding bill that modernizes our defense capabilities, ensures our service members have adequate resources, fully funds vital health programs including CHIP and Community Health Centers, enacts into law the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and provides necessary investments for infrastructure, economic development, education, and research.”