Posted on June 11, 2015
Says Senate Democrats should work to amend legislation on Senate floor, not block consideration of bills that are “so important to keeping the American people safe”
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2015 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on his vote in favor of three fiscal year 2016 appropriations bills that were approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee:
“Governing is about setting priorities, and these three appropriations bills support some of the most crucial parts of the federal government, including our troops, national defense and law enforcement across the country. I hope members of the Democratic minority will allow the Senate to debate these bills and offer amendments on the Senate floor, instead of following through on their threats to block consideration of legislation that is so important to keeping the American people safe.”
The three bills the Senate Appropriations Committee considered were the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Defense Appropriations bill; the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill; and the Fiscal Year 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. Today’s vote means there are now five appropriations bills that are ready to be considered by the full Senate.
The other two appropriations bills already approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee are the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill – which the senator, as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, negotiated with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) – and the Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
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