Sep 25 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that he will oppose each of the upcoming votes pertaining to the FY2014 continuing resolution (CR) before the Senate:
“Congress should fund the government at a level consistent with current law. Unfortunately, this bill blatantly violates clear spending limits in the Budget Control Act. I will therefore oppose it at all points in the legislative process.
“I will also firmly oppose any attempt to fund Obamacare. This law is a job killer that will destroy the most advanced and innovative health care system on earth. It is a monumental waste of taxpayer dollars.
"Our nation is $17 trillion in debt and millions of Americans remain out of work. To get our economy back on track, we must control spending and stop Obamacare. I reject this legislation because it will ultimately do neither."
- The Budget Control Act of 2011 mandates across-the-board sequestration if Congress spends above annual caps specified in the law. Shelby firmly opposed enactment of this law because he believes that Congress should set clear priorities and make difficult decisions to control spending, not rely on an indiscriminate and disruptive mechanism like sequestration. However, now that this policy is law, Congress must adhere to the spending caps to prevent the harmful effects of sequestration on the economy.
- The continuing resolution before the Senate spends at an annualized rate of $986.3 billion, which represents the FY13 post-sequester amount mandated in current law. For FY14, the law mandates that spending not exceed $967 billion. Ignoring the annualized $967 billion cap in a short-term FY14 continuing resolution delays the inevitable sequestration and ensures that deeper cuts will occur over a shorter time period beginning in January 2014. As the Appropriations Committee considered regular FY14 appropriations bills, Vice Chairman Shelby consistently warned and voted against individual bills that would exceed $967 billion when totaled.
- Since opposing the enactment of Obamacare in 2010, Shelby has supported every effort to repeal, de-fund, delay, and minimize it. In September of 2011, as the top Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Shelby first offered an amendment to strike funding to implement Obamacare in the committee’s FY12 spending bill. The amendment was defeated on a party-line vote.