“The Senate has acted on appropriations legislation absent a Budget Resolution four times in the past decade, including twice under Republican control. It is my strong desire, as I believe it is the desire of every member of the Appropriations Committee, that we move our bills under regular order. However, with less than 90 days left in the fiscal year and no budget resolution in sight, efforts need to be made to ensure the livelihood of our veterans and their families are not disrupted,” he added.
Inouye noted that that his committee worked to produce a bill that passed the committee unanimously. He has said he will seek to work on other bills in the absence of a budget, at the behest of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“Any attempts to obstruct this legislation are deeply misguided, do nothing to further efforts to break the current impasse over the federal budget and adds a level of economic stress to our veterans that have served valiantly for our nation,” Inouye said.