Monday, October 7, 2013
Washington, DC – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of legislation that would provide funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the current lapse in government operations:
"As of today, we have been under a lapse of government operations for a full week. Throughout the duration of this week, and well before the end of the fiscal year, the House of Representatives has been working in good faith to pass legislation to fund the critical operations of our government.
"Today, the House passed the Food and Drug Safety Act, the ninth in a string of bipartisan federal funding bills passed over the last week. This bill provides immediate funding for the FDA to continue inspections and testing to keep our food and medicine supplies safe for the duration of this suspension in federal activity.
"While the Senate has refused to join the House at the negotiating table to resolve this situation, we in the House have passed several pieces of legislation to provide funding for crucial federal programs– in addition to previously passing bills to fully fund the government prior to the end of the fiscal year. I remain committed to working to find an agreement for funding the operations of the government as soon as possible, and I urge the President and the Senate to join us in this effort."