WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Senate passage of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020 that funds the federal government until November 21.
“It’s refreshing to reach the end of the fiscal year without the threat of a damaging government shutdown. However, a continuing resolution is no substitute for regular appropriations bills. It is important for Congress to make clear our intent in federal spending and fully exercise our constitutional power of the purse. I urge appropriators to bring to the full Senate all regular bipartisan appropriations bill as soon as possible, consistent with the Bipartisan Budget Agreement enacted by Congress in August, which provides parity for defense and non-defense spending.”