Congressman Chris Collins released the following statement after voting to support H.J. Res. 124 and the coinciding amendment. The legislation funds the government, extends the export-import bank's authorization, and provides the president authorization to combat ISIS.
"Although far from perfect, this legislation takes steps towards achieving a number of necessary initiatives," Collins said. "Ensuring the government has the funding necessary to operate provides stability for the country. Additionally, extending the export-import bank's authorization is a big win for small businesses across the country. I have been leading the fight on this topic from the onset, and will continue to push for a long-term reauthorization of the program. This extension allows the export-import bank to continue its operations while Congress considers reforms to the program.
"In our current economic atmosphere, we need to be doing all we can to promote business growth and create job opportunities. Extending the bank's charter affords businesses access to services that are vital for their operations.
"In regards to authorizing the president to combat ISIS, we are taking immediate action to destroy a grave threat to our country's security. The current events in Iraq and Syria prove that the absence of American leadership enables and emboldens our enemies, and puts our country and citizens at risk. It is an unfortunate situation, but America must stand tall and provide the leadership warranted to secure a positive outcome."