WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) – a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee – released the following statement after she helped pass legislation keep the government open and address critical priorities:
“With the threat of a government shutdown looming, I was pleased to help pass legislation to ensure the government is funded. Not only does this bill keep the government open, it also extends crucial public health programs, prevents severe cuts to transportation funding, ensures an accurate 2020 Census count and provides our men and women in uniform a raise. Now, we must come together to complete a full appropriations process and provide funding certainty for the remainder of the fiscal year. I’m proud of the work the House has done and urge our colleagues in the Senate to swiftly act. As negotiations continue, I’ll fight to ensure the priorities of our region are included.”
The House of Representatives has passed 10 of 12 appropriations bills to fund the federal government – which represents 96% of the federal budget. The continuing resolution passed by the House today extends funding at last year’s levels until December 20, 2019. Included in the legislation were the following critical provisions:
- Full funding for the Census Bureau to complete a fair and accurate 2020 Census.
- A 3.1 percent pay raise for our servicemembers.
- An extension of funding for crucial public health programs like Community Health Centers and the National Health Service Corps.
- An extension of funding for Medicare and Medicaid programs.
- A protection of $7.6 billion in federal funding for state governments to invest in their infrastructure, create jobs and grow the economy that was threatened to be rescinded under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.