The U-S House has approved another short-term continuing resolution to keep the federal government running three more weeks, but not without dissent on both sides of the political aisle.
Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith, a Republican, says Congress is wasting its time on these short-term deals.
Smith says, “We are consuming time resources debating the continuing resolution and we’ve got an even-bigger debate because we’ve been channeling all of these time resources toward the (continuing resolution) rather than the coming budget.”
Smith says they should be more focused on the next full budget, which is due this fall. He calls the coming budget “absolutely imperative” though he says it won’t be an easy vote.
Smith says many members of the House are perturbed with the flawed process.
“I can understand the frustration of passing these extensions two and three weeks at a time but let’s fill out the rest of the year and then focus our debate on the coming budget,” Smith says.
The resolution passed on Tuesday on a vote of 271-to-158, as a number of Democrats had to vote for it to get it through the House. The fiscal year ends September 30th.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton