U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding:
“This month, of course, Congress needs to address our nation’s most pressing needs with timely appropriations, and we need to keep the lights on come October 1st.
“Back in January, Mr. President, I pointed out to Washington Democrats the new normal they faced. The American people had elected a divided government and demanded that we work together on our most basic governing responsibilities.
“Well, as I’ve reminded our colleagues regularly since then, that meant funding the government through regular order. It’s been encouraging to see Senator Collins, Senator Murray, and our colleagues on the Appropriations Committee make serious headway in that direction. And next week, we’ll aim to pass the first batch of their work here on the floor.
“But I’ve also made clear that the Senate’s top priority must be keeping the American people safe. And this month, we’ll have the chance to do that with supplemental appropriations for urgent national security and disaster relief priorities.
“We need to continue to invest in America’s defense industrial base – both to support our partners in today’s fight and help our own forces deter tomorrow’s threats.
“And as our colleagues from Florida and Hawaii know all too well, emergency personnel are working overtime to help communities shattered by natural disasters over the summer.
“So the Senate reconvenes with our work cut out for us, and a deadline fast approaching. I hope each of our colleagues has returned ready to do their part.”