This article has been updated to reflect the vote of U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell.
U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) stood alone as the sole Republican Alabama member of Congress to oppose the continuing resolution designed to fund the government for 30 days, averting a shutdown.
The U.S. House and Senate are currently at a standstill over the passage of 12 appropriations spending bills.
The Senate recently proposed a continuing resolution to fund the government through November 17 until both houses reach an agreement on appropriations.
Hardline Republicans in both houses say they will oppose any stopgap measures, wanting instead to pass the spending bills for the entire year. The Senate continuing resolution, approved by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.), contains an additional $6 billion in additional funding for Ukraine, an undesirable inclusion for the caucus.
On Friday, the House presented its own continuing resolution, cutting funding by 30% for all agencies except the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs.
The House voted down the continuing resolution, with most “no” votes coming from those opposing all stopgap measures, wanting instead to vote on appropriations for the entire year, one at a time.
Moore released a statement following the vote, saying the bills should be voted on with no stopgap solution to “curtail our out-of-control spending.”
“It has been 26 years since Congress passed all 12 appropriations bills. In order to impact policy and cut spending, we need to follow the statute and reject the status quo," Moore said. "I am committed to staying in Washington as long as it takes and working with my colleagues across the conference to advance the 12 appropriations bills that curtail our out-of-control spending and help American families fight Biden's 17 percent inflation tax."
U.S. Rep Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) also voted against the resolution due to its spending cuts.
I opposed today's continuing resolution. It has been 26 years since Congress passed all 12 appropriations bills. In order to impact policy and cut spending, we need to follow the statute and reject the status quo.— Rep. Barry Moore (@RepBarryMoore) September 29, 2023
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