THORNBERRY ON ENDING THE SHUTDOWN

Jan 22, 2018
Press Release
ENDING THE CURRENT SHUTDOWN DOES NOT SOLVE THE FUNDING CRISIS FOR THE MILITARY

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after the House passed another stopgap spending measure to fund the Federal Government:
 
“Ending the current shutdown does not solve the funding crisis for the military.  While our troops can be certain of one more paycheck before this temporary spending measure expires, Congress owes them much more than that.  We owe them the certainty that they will have all the training, equipment, and resources they need when they go into harm’s way.  We owe them the certainty that their needs will be considered on their own merits and not held hostage to other political issue.  For far too long Congress has failed to provide certainty of any kind to our military.  That is immoral, and it has to stop.   Congress has an obligation to spend the next three weeks getting a full year of funding for our troops.  Our service in Congress must honor our troops service on the front lines.  The only way we can do that is to immediately give them the resources they so urgently need.”