September 22, 2016
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today commented on the release of legislation that continues funding for the federal government beyond the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
The Continuing Resolution (CR) provides funding at the current rate of operations for the government through December 9, 2016. It also includes $1.1 billion in emergency funding to fight and prevent the spread of the Zika virus, contains the full-year, FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, and provides $500 million in grants to help families and communities affected by recent floods to rebuild and recover.
Chairman Rogers made the following statement on the legislation:
“This Continuing Resolution will keep the government open for business in the short term, avoiding a damaging shutdown, while Congress continues the necessary work on the annual Appropriations bills. The resolution is not perfect, but it is clean, responsible, and will ensure we meet our nation’s current, critical needs.
“It includes funding for our troops and vets for the entire next fiscal year – providing the resources our military needs to keep our nation secure, and the programs and services our vets need and deserve. It directs $1.1 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus, which has already spread onto our shores and caused harm and heartache to thousands of people. And it includes much-needed relief for victims of recent flooding, providing $500 million to help families and communities suffering from this terrible disaster to rebuild and recover.
“While this is not the preferable way to fund the government, and there are several additional items I would have like to see included, the bottom line is that it is essential that we keep the government open and provide these vital funds. I support this legislation, and it can and should be approved by Congress and sent to the President as soon as possible.”