Rep. Holding: Two Bad Choices Landed on Congress’ Doorstep Today
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11, 2014
Congressman George Holding (NC-13) released the following statement tonight after passage of the bipartisan Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015:
“Due to the standoff between the Democratic Senate and the Republican House, two bad choices landed on Congress’ doorstep today.
“Bad choice number one was to vote against the appropriations resolution – which would lead straight to a government shutdown. We’ve already seen this doesn’t solve problems or bring about spending cuts.
“Bad choice number two was to vote for the appropriations resolution. To be sure, there are some worthwhile provisions in the resolution – for instance, it provides funds to fight ISIS.
“Those were the choices, and it was a take it or leave it proposition. We couldn’t amend the bill. We either had to vote for a bad bill or shut down the government. Period.
“In the end, I reluctantly voted for the bill as the lesser of two evils. But make no mistake: this budget resolution encapsulated what’s wrong with Washington politics. There wasn’t a good choice. Just two bad choices.
“Next year, when there is a Republican majority in the Senate, this kind of broken politics must end. Republicans need to offer a real budget rather than proposing another last-minute resolution.”