Jan 20 2004

SHELBY DISAPPOINTED BY FAILED CLOTURE VOTE ON OMNIBUS

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), Chairman of the Transportation, Treasury, and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, had the following statement following a failed cloture vote on the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004:

Senator Shelby said, “I am extremely disappointed that the United States Senate was unable to overcome procedural objections to invoke cloture on the Consolidated Appropriations Act. By failing to bring this bill up for a vote, opponents have put partisan politics above the fundamental responsibility to fund the agencies and programs of the Federal Government.”

“Without passage of this legislation, many agencies within the Federal Government are forced to operate at last year’s funding levels, jeopardizing many initiatives important to the safety and well-being of the American people. This funding is essential to providing adequate resources to important federal programs carried out by our nation’s air-traffic controllers, FBI agents, and meat inspectors to name just a few. This is no way to operate the government and is a disservice to the American people.”

“I hope that we are able to quickly come to agreement on this legislation, so we may pass it and send it to the President’s desk,” Shelby concluded.