For the second time today, during his weekly press conference, Speaker Ryan stressed how urgent funding our military is—an urgency that, unfortunately, Democrats don’t seem to share:
“I talked at CSIS this morning about how critical it is that we fully fund our military. It is the first responsibility of our government. And right now, this is an urgent responsibility, as our military faces a serious deterioration of its readiness capabilities.
“Unfortunately, Democrats don’t seem to share that urgency at all. They continue to hold military funding hostage over unrelated issues and deadlines that don’t exist. Now they are threatening to shut down the government altogether over these unrelated issues. It is just unconscionable. Our men and women in uniform need our help. They need these resources so they can do their jobs and do so safely.
“Don’t take my word for it. Here is what Senator Schumer himself said in 2013. Let me read you this quote. This is from Senator Schumer:
‘We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, 'We’re shutting down the government . . . until you pass immigration reform.' It would be governmental chaos.’ Chuck Schumer, October 26, 2013.
“This strategy is ‘governmental chaos.’ I could not agree more. We should not be playing these games. The most responsible thing we can do is avoid that chaos and pass this continuing resolution that we’re bringing to the floor. Address the real deadlines that are here. The real deadlines like continuing funding for our military. Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program. And instead of our men and women in uniform being treated like bargaining chips, we can keep working on getting them the resources that they need.
“Now, continuing resolutions are not ideal. That is why the House passed all 12 of the appropriations bills ahead of schedule before the fiscal year. The only reason one is even necessary—the only reason we have to pass the CR today—is because Democrats refuse to close on a spending agreement, taking it hostage for an immigration deal.
“Again, the most responsible thing we can do for our military—and for the country—is keep the government open, pay our troops, put aside the games, move forward, and continue to negotiate with each other in good faith.”