[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 15 (Monday, January 22, 2018)]
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OPPOSING HOLDING HOSTAGE UNRELATED BILLS
(Mr. MOONEY of West Virginia asked and was given permission to
address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. MOONEY of West Virginia. Mr. Speaker, for 3 years, I have waited
for the moment here where I want to commend my colleagues in the
Senate, the majority party, for exposing the fallacious argument that
you can hold hostage unrelated bills before you pass spending bills.
Frankly, we call upon them to pass the appropriations bills to fully
fund the government through September.
We in this body, last year, had passed all 12 separate appropriations
bills, fully funding the military and other government functions all
the way through September of this year. That needs to happen in the
next 3 weeks, because we have only a 3-week extension that we voted
I am proud that the American public saw the false arguments that are
being used, particularly on the other side of the aisle, where the
minority party holds hostage funding bills and demands concessions on
other nonrelated legislation.
If they want to filibuster stuff over there, first of all, make them
do it so the American public can see it, which happened over the last
few days, and make it related to the bill on the floor at the time.