Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Cloud (TX-27) issued a statement on his vote against a two-part Continuing Resolution, through January and February 2024:
“By now, TX-27 constituents are well aware of my position on Continuing Resolutions – that they are no way to govern, and often continue the status quo without any serious reforms attached. We cannot continue punting on a spending problem that has to be dealt with urgently. Additionally, today’s CR also did nothing to address the many issues plaguing our country right now, including fixing inflation, securing our border, and reining in the bureaucracy in Washington. Without real spending reforms or policy fixes, this is not something that I can support.
Having said that, I believe it’s important to point out that today’s CR through January and February is largely a decision based on the limited calendar. Speaker Johnson has been put in an extraordinarily difficult position by others who did not have an aggressive enough game plan this year to quickly, responsibly cut spending and fund our government the way the American people deserve – through individual, single subject spending bills. Simply put, the Speaker is dealing with problems that developed long before his election.
I disagree with today’s vote, but now it is time to look ahead to the next rapidly approaching fight in January. Between now and then, we will need to see House leadership have a significantly more aggressive plan to pass our single subject bills than I have seen so far. As Speaker Johnson said earlier today, no more continuing resolutions, no more omnibuses – it is time to fix this broken process, restore regular order, and get America back on track.”