Jan 31,2007 00:00
Bend Weekly News Sources
Oregon Senator Gordon H. Smith is ready to filibuster a must-pass spending bill if Congress does not extend the county payments safety net, he informed Senate leaders yesterday. A filibuster would essentially halt funding for the federal government.
Senator Smith is working with his Oregon colleague Senator Ron Wyden and Senators from Washington State, Alaska, and Montana as well as members of the U.S. House of Representatives to extend the county payments safety net. On January 24, 2007, Senator Smith told his fellow Senators, “My colleague from Oregon and I have left no stone unturned to find money for an extension.” Since 2005, Senator Smith has:
In a letter sent yesterday to Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Smith stated, “I cannot allow the continuing resolution to proceed from the Senate if a full, one-year extension of the county payments safety net is not included in it. If necessary, I will employ my right to filibuster the continuing resolution.”
Congress must pass a continuing resolution before February 15, 2007, to sustain federally funded programs and agencies through the current fiscal year. Once approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate will take up consideration of the spending legislation.