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Rouzer Statement on Legislation to Fund the Federal Government

  • Washington, DC Office

WASHINGTON, DC - With the support of Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07), the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5860, Continuing Appropriations Act, 2024 and Other Extensions Act to continue government operations.

“As counter intuitive as it may seem, shutdowns of any length cost taxpayers billions more than keeping the government open does.  Additionally, shutdowns are very damaging to our military readiness as well as our men and women in uniform, border security and border security personnel, and veterans among many others," said Congressman David Rouzer.

"A few days ago, I voted for a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would have put us in strong position to negotiate with the Democrat Majority in the Senate.  It cut spending by 27 percent for every category of Discretionary Spending except for Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs for the duration of the time needed until new appropriation measures are signed into law for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024.  It instituted a debt commission to address the out-of-control Entitlement Spending which accounts for 75 percent of total spending driving the debt, and it would have significantly enhanced our ability to force the President’s hand to secure the border.  Unfortunately, that vote failed.

“The CR passed by both the House and the Senate today keeps the federal government operating for 45 days at the spending levels of FY2023.  During this time, the House will continue to work to pass appropriations bills for FY2024 to reduce spending and the scope of government and then negotiate with the Senate and White House to get these measures passed by the Senate and signed into law."


This week, with the support of Congressman Rouzer, House Republicans passed three appropriations bills for the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State.  When combined with the already passed Department of Veterans Affairs funding measure, these bills account for more than 70 percent of Discretionary Spending.