WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today released the following statement regarding the House passage of a Continuing Resolution to fund the government through mid-December at current spending levels.

“Today’s vote demonstrates the House’s commitment to keeping the government open for business, defending our homeland, and supporting a strong national defense,” Scalise said. “The debate and discussion we have had as a conference over the past two weeks has brought us closer together in appreciation that we will continue to work hard to represent our districts and protect this country we love so much. My colleagues and I pushed to have a separate vote on the ISIL language because we felt the authorization request from the president deserved its own debate separately from the other components in the CR.

“With passage of this bill today, we have sent a clear message to the president that we will not blindly accept whatever legislation this administration forces upon us. We wrote this on our terms, and the entire House came together to pass it. I hope the Senate will move quickly to pass this important legislation so we can get it on the president’s desk.”

Prior to the passage of the continuing resolution, Rep. Scalise took to the House floor to speak in support of the ISIL amendment. ‎Click HERE to watch the video.