For Second Time in Two Months, Senate Democrats Block FY2020 Defense Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today criticized Senate Democrats for continuing a filibuster on the FY2020 Defense Appropriations Bill, which would strengthen America’s military and support service members with the largest pay raise in a decade.  Senate Democrats on Thursday again voted to block Senate debate on national security funding.  They first blocked the bill in September.

“It seems an agenda based on obstruction and impeachment is a bigger priority for Democrats than seeing that our fighting men and women have the training, equipment, and support to carry out their national security missions.  Our great country faces growing and complex threats that need our attention.  We’re well past the time to do our work to provide for the common defense,” Hyde-Smith said.

The Defense Department and federal agencies are currently operating under a temporary spending agreement that ends Nov. 21, 2019.  The 2020 fiscal year began on Oct. 1.