Impeachment Impeding Long To-Do List
by John Cornyn on December 3, 2019 at 10:47 AM
Yesterday on the floor, I discussed the upcoming government funding deadline and other Senate priorities to be completed by the end of the year. Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.
Over the summer we came to a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to guide the appropriations process and to hopefully eliminate this uncertainty going into the Christmas season.
Unfortunately, our Democratic colleagues went back on their promise because of a disagreement over 0.3 percent of the federal budget.
This roller coaster ride involving short-term spending bills puts us in a bad position, particularly for our military and other areas of the government that need certainty and to be able to make plans.”
We need to finish up the National Defense Authorization Act and get it to the President's desk.
Unfortunately, our Democratic colleagues in the House are trying to use this must-pass piece of legislation to leverage some of their liberal wish list.
There's one other piece of legislation that I would hope we could deliver before we leave.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been hearing rumors, which I hope are true, that a deal on the USMCA is very close.
But with the House continuing its single-minded obsession to impeach the President, I hope this trade agreement doesn't fall victim to impeachment mania.
We need to check these critical items off of Congress's to-do list in the next few weeks, the things that we can and should get done before the Christmas holidays, and I’m eager to get to work and to do my part. Our hope is that our friends on the other side of the aisle will join us in the same commitment.