|Norm Dicks Statement on the Conference Report for the Remainder of FY2012 Appropriations|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 15th, 2011
Press Contact: Ryan Nickel (202) 225-3481
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 15th- House Appropriations Committee Ranking Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks made the following statement after release of the bill text for the remaining appropriations of FY2012:
“Today the House and Senate conferees have filed a conference report containing the nine remaining Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bills, none of which resorts to a continuing resolution mechanism for funding. The conference report funds the government at a level that is consistent with the Budget Control Act, and I am pleased that we were able to resolve the major disagreements that Democrats expressed regarding legislative provisions inserted by House Republicans into several of these bills. These contentious policy riders had no place in our annual appropriations bills, and it was encouraging that we were able to remove nearly all of them from the final version of this bill. While the final bill may not be perfect, it nevertheless reflects a compromise that clearly resulted from the direct involvement of all of the Ranking Democratic Members, and thus I intend to support it.
“Throughout this year, I have consistently joined Chairman Rogers in supporting open rules and advocating a return to the regular order of considering separate appropriations bills, which I believe is important for restoring confidence in our process. At the same time I have reminded my Republican colleagues that nothing has done more to obstruct the process than loading down appropriations bills with partisan or ideological baggage in the form of legislative provisions that are unrelated to the mission of this Committee. It is my hope, as we begin work on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget that my Republican colleagues will focus on working with our side of the aisle to preserve the integrity of the Committee and its primary role in funding all of the essential activities and agencies of the federal government."
Below is a comparison of what Republican Leadership proposed in their FY12 House bills and what is included in the Budget Agreement:
KEY FUNDING LEVELS