WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 2055 the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act a measure that will fund the federal government through September 30, 2012:
"Today the House passed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to responsibly fund the government next year. Despite threats from Senate Democrats and the President to shut down the government, sensibility prevailed and both parties came together to responsibly finish our end of the year work as the people deserve.
"I thank Chairman Hal Rogers for his leadership on this bipartisan bill that reduces the size and scope of our government, cuts discretionary spending for the second year in a row, provides for a strong national defense, and abides by the House Republicans’ pledge to ban earmarks. This year House Republicans ensured that Washington finally started cutting spending and we will continue our efforts next year to save hard working taxpayers’ money and lower the deficit."