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March 17, 2011


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, today made the following statement after he opposed H.J. Res 48, the three week continuing resolution to fund the federal government through April 8. The resolution passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 87-13:

“We cannot continue to piecemeal federal government spending at only weeks at a time.  Having spent the entire week hearing defense officials, including General David Petraeus, testify that the short-term approach to funding the government is hurting the management of the Department of Defense as well as the ability of our soldiers in the field, it is clear that we must pass a long-term funding measure.  Without a long-term budget, our nation’s military is prevented from having the resources necessary to protect this nation, consequently having a negative impact on their mission in Afghanistan.   This is the sixth short-term continuing resolution, and Senate Democrats have stalled long enough.  Congress is long past due to enact a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, making the cuts necessary in our bloated federal spending levels.  While I support the spending cuts in the short-term continuing resolution, I cannot continue to vote for anything less than a long-term funding plan that makes the cuts we need to make while also ensuring we fully fund our already-strained military.” 


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