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Rep. Perry: Continuing Resolutions Confuse Public, Military on Spending

Rep. Perry: Continuing Resolutions Confuse Public, Military on Spending
Rep. Scott Perry (Bill Clark/AP)

By    |   Friday, 22 December 2017 01:53 PM

Continuing resolutions are not the way the government should be funded, as they create "artificial cliffs" that cause confusions, Rep. Scott Perry, who voted against Thursday's spending bill, said Friday.

"These cliffs or artificial cliffs make it difficult for the military and citizens to figure out where the government is going," the Pennsylvania Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

In addition, he said he was not happy that the reauthorization for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was tagged onto the bill.

"I object to the spying of Americans on any form, and of abridging their Fourth Amendment rights" said Perry. "That should have been a stand alone bill. I'd have been happy to deal with that as a stand alone bill...I think that's an issue that deserves its own scrutiny."

Perry said he does believe House Republicans have the capability to pass clean legislation on a credit limit hike, but often, "They try to couple these things with other scenarios, like another shutdown, so they can parlay votes from one thing to get something on another. "

That only frustrates people, Perry added, as "they want to see us deal with an issue on its face, and come to whatever conclusion we come to so they can decide where their representative stands on things."

But when bills are combined, it gives lawmakers a way out, so they can say "well, I voted for this, but don't want that," said Perry.

Meanwhile, debt is spinning out of control, and Perry, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, said and the time is coming where tapping into defense and entitlements may have to be considered.

"You're not supposed to touch that rail, but our debt is spiraling out of control, and those are the biggest drivers of our debt," said Perry. "Look, my mother's on Social Security and Medicare, and there's not going to be anything left. People talk about their children or their grandchildren. It's more urgent than that. You talk to your own parents right now, or people you know right now, and you don't have to take my word for it. Talk to the trustees at the social security administration. They'll tell you the insolvency data. "

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Continuing resolutions are not the way the government should be funded, as they create "artificial cliffs" that cause confusions, Rep. Scott Perry, who voted against Thursday's spending bill, said Friday.
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