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King opposes spending bill

He describes measure as ‘rule-breaking’

From The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — The House passed a short-term bill Thursday to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30, and give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and approve $1.4 trillion for federal agencies.

The Senate is expected to approve the stopgap bill next week. The vote in the Democratic-run House on the bipartisan plan was 301-123.

The agency spending bills would fill in the details of this summer’s budget and debt agreement between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The Republican-controlled Senate is struggling over how to move ahead with its versions of the follow-up spending bills. There is partisan skirmishing over the boundaries of the budget agreement and Trump’s moves to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border fence without congressional approval.

By BILL SHEA

bshea@messengernews.net

U.S. Rep. Steve King voted against the continuing resolution Thursday, citing the rushed way in which it was introduced.

King, R-Kiron, said the measure approved Thursday was presented to members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening. According to King, the House has a rule that requires 72 hours between the time a piece of legislation is introduced and when it is voted on.

”While there are things in the bill I would like to support, I could not vote for this rule-breaking continuing resolution,” he said in a written statement.

He said there was no time to offer amendments to the bill. He added that there was no Congressional Budget Office estimate of the measure’s costs.

”Congress has not passed a budget in years, and now the House is breaking its 72-hour rule to rush through another continuing resolution without either a cost estimate or an opportunity for members to work to rein in the flow of red ink,” he said. ”It is a reckless spending bill, and fiscal conservatives are right to join me in opposition to it.”