By Frank Lewis
U.S. Senator Rob Portman, in talking about the pending Continuing Resolution before Congress this week, is calling for support for a bill to end government shutdowns.
“I am also seeking a vote on my End Government Shutdowns Act, legislation that would stop government shutdowns through commonsense, automatic Continuing Resolutions with the previous year’s spending level that ratchets down over time,” Portman said. “Lurching from crisis to crisis is no way for our government to run and is certainly not the best way to make important budget decisions. Government shutdowns tend to lead to hasty, budget-busting deals and also add unpredictability for the economy, government agencies and for the people who rely on government programs.”
Portman also called for complete funding for the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project at Piketon.
“I am pleased that this Continuing Resolution allows the Administration flexibility to avoid disruption of the clean-up activities at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon,” Portman said. “The ball is now in the Administration’s court and I urge them to fully fund Piketon’s decontamination and decommissioning efforts and continue their work at the American Centrifuge Plant, a project important for our nation’s national security.”
Over the weekend, Portman (R-Ohio) met with USW and Building Trades representatives as well as Piketon leadership to discuss a path forward at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Portman recently announced that through his work with leadership in Congress, he was able to secure funding in the Fiscal Year 2016 Continuing Resolution that allows the Administration flexibility to avoid disruption of the clean-up activities at Piketon.
“What I want to do today is hear from you,” Portman told those in attendance. “There are a lot of people with good ideas around the table who have been with us on this over the years. People need to know the long-term plan; it’s not fair to the workers. We want to reindustrialize this plant and we need to get on with that work.”
Portman said he will also continue to fight to stop taxpayer money from going to Planned Parenthood.
“Senate Democrats continue to protect Planned Parenthood, even after the release of deeply disturbing videos exposing their practice of selling the fetal tissue of babies who are aborted. I support redirecting the tax dollars from Planned Parenthood to community health centers that can provide the women’s health services needed,” Portman said. “In my home state of Ohio, we have nearly eight times the number of local community health centers compared to Planned Parenthood clinics. Although Senate Democrats blocked us from doing so last week, I will continue to push to fully defund Planned Parenthood in the coming days and weeks.”
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