September 22, 2016
The Senate’s proposed continuing resolution (CR) trades bad policy and ballooning debt for a dangerous Zombie Congress during the lame-duck session.
On the Lame Duck Congress:
“The lame-duck session is the most unaccountable period of legislating, resulting in shady, backroom deals and undermining the fundamental nature of representative democracy by weakening the accountability link between members and the American people.
“Congress could take up several controversial issues in the lame-duck session, including the confirmation of Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court and other federal judges.”
— Rachel Bovard, Director of Policy Services
On Wasteful Spending and Debt:
"Washington is not waking up to the debt crisis. Debt under the Obama administration has nearly doubled since the president took office – steadily creeping up to $20 trillion. The American people are tired of Congress spending money it does not have at our expense."
— Michael Sargent, Research Associate, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies
On Planned Parenthood:
“As if reauthorizing millions upon millions in taxpayer dollars to the nation’s largest abortion provider weren’t bad enough, Planned Parenthood has strong-armed Congress into also getting a cut of emergency funding for combating the Zika virus.
Under the continuing resolution, Planned Parenthood will be eligible for a raise even though it should have been disqualified from tax-payer funding long ago because of its callous treatment of human life. Congress should fund life-affirming health care providers that are ready to deal with the Zika threat comprehensively, not abortion providers trying to expand their profit base.”
— Roger Severino, Director, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society
“It is unfortunate that the Senate did not include language that would prohibit the administration from ending its contractual relationship with ICANN. There are many outstanding questions and concerns about ICANN and the proposal. Allowing the transition to go forward without resolving these matters is reckless and could endanger the stability and security of the Internet.
“That said, it is unclear if the Senate bill is the final version or a negotiating tactic. Regardless, the House may approve its own version with the ICANN prohibition.”
— Brett Schaefer, Jay Kingham Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs
On Disaster Funding:
“Any supplemental funding for flood relief beyond what is provided under existing disaster relief programs, should come from states. Disaster funding should be reformed to ensure state and federal governments are saving money and are more prepared for disasters. Requests for flood relief and even more Zika funding than was originally requested are exempt from budget caps, which is a terrible precedent for Congress to set when they are already spending way above our means."
— David Inserra, Policy Analyst, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity