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Put Partisan Policy Riders Aside

Dec 2, 2015

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) urged his colleagues on the House floor to pass a clean omnibus package free of harmful policy riders. 

Below is a video and transcript of the text.

Mr. Speaker,

Weeks ago, this body avoided a government shutdown by passing the Bipartisan Budget Act.

Now, we have to pass an omnibus.

Unfortunately, many of our appropriations bills contain divisive policy riders that threaten to create another partisan standoff.

There is an appropriate time and place to debate these provisions – in the authorizing committees.

It seems that some Members have learned nothing from the brinksmanship that almost led to a government shutdown.

It is hard enough to pass these measures without these divisive, controversial riders.

We must put this unnecessary fighting behind us.

The Bipartisan Budget Act represents a chance for us to return to reasonable compromises and regular order.

I call upon my colleagues to follow up on that accomplishment and pass a clean omnibus package. 

Thank you and I yield back.