Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House voted on the continuing resolution to keep the government funded and running after September 30. Earlier this year, the House passed legislation to fund nearly all of the government, while the Senate has taken no actions of its own. In order to prevent a shutdown, a continuing resolution is needed to keep the government running.
“Let me be clear, we should not be in this position. If the Senate had acted and passed their own appropriations bills, we would not have had to pass this short-term bill to keep the government open. That being said, it would have been irresponsible to shut the government down. The American people expect us to do our most basic job of keeping the government operating. Now, the Senate must immediately take up and pass this bill to ensure Iowans that their government is working for them.”
Included in the Continuing Resolution:
- Replenished funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), which Loebsack, along with the entire Iowa Delegation, called for earlier this week.
- The bill also includes language prohibiting USDA from using CCC funds meant to go to farmers from reimbursing oil refiners who were denied small refinery waivers.
- Certainty for state and local governments’ transportation projects through a year-long extension of Federal highway, transit, and road safety programs. The resolution provides $13.6 billion from the general fund into the Highway Trust Fund, equal to the amount appropriated in fiscal year 2020 legislation.
- Emergency funding for children and families who are in ever greater need of nutrition assistance due to the pandemic.