Hartzler Statement on Continuing Resolution
After Friday’s vote on the continuing resolution to fund the government through December, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement:
“Today, the House passed a continuing resolution to provide funding for the government for the remainder of the year. While I voted for funding for Hurricane Harvey flood relief earlier in the week and am glad they will get the help they need, that funding measure included legislation that freezes defense spending at current levels and ties the hands of our Defense Department, preventing them from making desperately needed investments to meet the threats we are facing. As a subcommittee chairman on the House Armed Services Committee, I prioritize our national security and service members. The House should have sent the continuing resolution back to the Senate with a defense spending bill that adequately addresses the needs that our military leaders have repeatedly told us are absolutely vital. We are facing dangerous threats from all over the world. We must address them, not further inflict instability and uncertainty on our men and women in uniform.
Tragically this year our service members have experienced a series of accidents that demonstrate widespread issues with readiness and aging in our military. In fact, just last night, two A-10s crashed in Nevada. The 42 soldiers killed in crashes this summer exceeds the number of soldiers killed in the Afghanistan conflict. Now is the time to invest in our military assets and service members, not restrict their resources even further. Continuing resolutions tie the hands of our military, and this CR does not provide the flexibility needed for the Department of Defense to operate at optimum levels. Funding the government through continuing resolutions is an irresponsible practice that must end.
I look forward to working with the president to address all of these concerns and spending measures that provide long-term budget solutions that take care of our men and women in uniform while also funding the other priorities of our nation.”