[Congressional Record Volume 159, Number 140 (Wednesday, October 9, 2013)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1467]
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                          PERSONAL EXPLANATION


                          HON. BETTY McCOLLUM

                              of minnesota

                    in the house of representatives

                       Wednesday, October 9, 2013

  Ms. McCOLLUM. Mr. Speaker, Monday night I meant to vote against H.J. 
Res 77. This Resolution was just the latest bill to come to the floor 
as part of the Republicans' foolish strategy. Funding the federal 
government one program or agency at a time is a reckless approach, and 
one I strongly oppose.
  To be clear, I support full funding for the Food and Drug 
Administration along with the entire federal government. Ensuring our 
food, medications, and medical devices are safe is important. Halting 
these critical activities is already impacting our communities and the 
effects will only continue as long as Republicans refuse to bring a 
clean Continuing Resolution to the floor.
  It is time to end this manufactured shutdown, get our federal workers 
back on the job, and fund every federal program and agency at once.