WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) this morning joined CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss his support for returning to the full Appropriations process in order to prioritize spending, rather than relying on short-term continuing resolutions (CRs) to fund the government. He also discussed this morning’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing entitled, “Terrorism and Social Media: Is Big Tech Doing Enough?” and his return to the Senate Banking Committee, which today voted in support of Jay Powell to chair the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
Joe Kernen (3:40): “Both sides use immigration as sort of a political football to highlight worries about terrorism, the people that want to end chain migration and lotteries, they say that, I don’t know, most of the incidents that have happened have been perpetrated by individuals that got here that way. Others say ‘not so.’ What’s the right middle ground there, how do we solve, where do you think we’re going to go? Will the government stay open?”
Sen. Moran (4:19): “We ought to have a continuing resolution, not shut down government, but we ought to do it for a very short period of time – a day or two – and stay here and resolve these differences. Because not only are we talking about DACA and immigration, the attempt to resolve those issues which are very important, but also disaster assistance, the list is long… CHIP, the program for healthcare, the Collins-Nelson bill. We ought not delay these things until March. I’m a member of the Appropriations Committee as well and I don’t want us to be back here in February with another continuing resolution. We need to get out of the CR business and get to doing 12 appropriations bills. This is where we can prioritize spending, we can reduce spending, and perhaps most importantly we can rein in agencies, departments and bureaucrats with directions about how the money can be spent.”
Sen. Moran (5:14): “Congress every once in a while, we get some credit these days and it’s perhaps one of our greater successes – reining in regulations. We’ve done that via CRA, a congressional process by which you can reject administration regulations, and we can only do that in a very narrow path. Where we can do that every year, every day is in appropriations by taking away money that comes from bad behavior or bad ideas. We need to get out of the CR and get into an appropriations process again.”