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Shaheen Statement on Passage of the Continuing Resolution to Keep Government Open

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement after Congress passed a continuing resolution that will keep the government open until March:

“Stop-gap funding bills create inefficiencies within government that only serve to waste American taxpayer dollars and sow uncertainty in the economy. I’ve been proud to work alongside my colleagues to craft strong, bipartisan funding bills—three of which passed the Senate last year. I sincerely hope this is the last continuing resolution for this fiscal year so we can provide all Americans with the confidence that their government will remain open. Due to the continuous threat of a shutdown, I introduced the bipartisan Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act to enable Congress to have a more effective budget process and increase certainty for taxpayers, families and businesses. I saw firsthand as Governor that this type of budgeting works in New Hampshire, and it could work for the nation to help increase efficiency and reduce the waste of federal resources.

“While we continue to negotiate on a funding bill, it’s also critical Congress come to a consensus on a supplemental package that covers the breadth of our national security interests, which includes protecting our border, providing critical humanitarian aid and bolstering support for Ukraine, Israel and our Indo-Pacific partners.”

Late last year, Shaheen introduced her bipartisan budget reform legislation, Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act, to overhaul the way Congress allocates federal dollars to strengthen oversight of government spending and pave the way to tackle the nation’s debt. In November, Shaheen voted for Senate-passage of funding legislation that includes numerous priorities she championed that will benefit New Hampshire. Shaheen has spoken out in support of a full, comprehensive supplemental funding package that would recognize the breadth of our national security interests, including humanitarian aid and support for Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific.