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Womack Opposes Continuing Resolution, Calls on Congress to Deliver Full-Year Appropriations Now

Washington, DC—December 2, 2021….Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the below statement after voting against today’s proposed continuing resolution (CR) and called on Congress to stop punting its constitutional funding responsibilities. He feels strongly that kicking the fiscal realities facing this country down the road is irresponsible and believes members should be acting now to pass full and complete appropriations:

“As predicted, nothing has changed since our last funding deadline. Democrats have once again punted our most basic responsibility—and the blame lands squarely at their feet. The mere suggestion Republicans refused to cooperate in full-year appropriations work is insulting. It’s also a lie. I’m a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the FSGG Subcommittee—not once have my colleagues on the other side of the aisle brought everyone together to hammer out comprehensive bills. Their caucus kept Congress captive—and used every procedural tactic in the book—to jam a far-left boondoggle through the House. Yet, they’ll continue to sidestep our obligation to deliver complete appropriations. Stop the hollow calls for regular order. Let’s get every appropriator to the table and fully fund the government.” 

Womack has consistently advocated for solutions to fix the broken budget and appropriations process, which has failed the American people for too long. He co-chaired the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform and introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to modernize and streamline current processes. Some of the reforms he supported would have helped prevent a budget and appropriations deadline crisis like the one the Democrats have created. Additionally, he called for moving to a biennial budget, ensuring realistic deadlines for Congress to complete its budget and appropriations work, and requiring a joint Budget Committee hearing on the Fiscal State of the Nation.

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.



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