Congressman Jim Bridenstine and 150 other Republicans voted “No” on the Continuing Resolution (CR) today. Congressman Bridenstine said, “Continuing Resolutions are a failure to govern, a failure to represent the people, and a failure to exercise the power of the purse.”
The House passed the bills to fund the government in the proper process. The Senate failed to take up any of them due to Democrat filibusters. Accordingly, a CR was presented as the only option for funding the federal government.
Representatives should be able to appropriate funds for programs the people approve and withdraw funds from those they oppose. In Federalist 58, James Madison said, “The power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people…”
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