Kuster Votes to Raise Pay for Armed Forces, Support Infrastructure Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted in favor of a continuing resolution (CR) introduced by House Democrats to extend government funding through December 20th. The resolution would keep the government open and extend funding for critical public health programs, as well as give members of the Armed Forces a 3.1% pay raise next year. The CR also prevents a $7.6 billion reduction in highway funds.
“Keeping the government open is one of the most basic duties of Congress and it’s disappointing that once again government funding negotiations have taken place under the threat of a government shutdown,” said Kuster. “The House has passed nearly all our FY 2020 appropriations bills and it’s unacceptable that Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have failed to act on our funding measures. Governing from deadline to deadline is no way to do business. While the process is clearly broken, I am encouraged that we were able to make good on the promise to our men and women in uniform by including a pay raise for those who defend our nation. We also prevented a devastating cut to highway funding which is critical to maintaining and improving our aging infrastructure. I urge the Senate to act on this legislation swiftly.”