Obama: No more short-term funding measures
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Oct 05, 2015
While Congress averted a shutdown by passing a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for several more months, President Obama warned lawmakers that the he will not sign another temporary funding measure when the current one expires Dec. 11.
“On Wednesday, more than half of Republicans voted to shut down the government for the second time in two years,” the president said at a press conference Friday afternoon. “The good news is that there were enough votes in both parties to pass a last-minute bill to keep the government open and operating for another 10 weeks before we can get a more long-term solution. But keep in mind that gimmick only sets up another potential manufactured crisis just two weeks before Christmas.”
Obama said that long-term planning is key to maintaining the nation’s role as a global leader.
“Part of what makes us a leader is when we govern effectively and we keep our own house in order, and we pass budgets, and we can engage in long-term planning, and we can invest in the things that are important for the future,” he said. “When we fail to do that, we diminish U.S. leadership. It’s not how we are supposed to operate. And we can’t just keep on kicking down the road without solving any problems or doing any long-term planning for the future.”
“That’s why I want to be very clear: I will not sign another shortsighted spending bill like the one Congress sent me this week,” he said. “We purchased ourselves 10 additional weeks; we need to use them effectively.”