Lucas Statement on House Passage of Second Appropriations Package
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7617– the Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2021. Lucas opposed the legislation.
“Once again, my House colleagues and I find ourselves in a similar situation to where we were last week- debating a partisan funding bill ushered in a misguided approach by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats,” said Congressman Lucas. “Passing the 12 appropriations bills is one of the greatest responsibilities we have as Members of Congress, funding the government and ensuring programs are operational for our constituents’ use- especially in times of need like we currently find ourselves.”
“While some meaningful priorities were included in the package, I continue to express concern at the bloated and budget busting spending that is included. At a time when the federal government is increasing critical spending to combat the economic effects of the coronavirus, Congress must have the foresight to lessen the economic impact for future generations, including remaining fiscally responsible with the American taxpayer’s dollar in future appropriations bills. Moving forward, I hope Congress is able to come together, eliminate partisan policy riders, and pass a bipartisan, fiscally responsible funding bill.”