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Resolution Introduced to Fund National Defense, Extend Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Continue Short-Term Government Operations

Washington, December 13, 2017

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced legislation to fully fund national defense programs for the entire fiscal year (including emergency funding for missile defense activities), to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and to maintain current federal operations and prevent a government shutdown (H.J.Res 124).

The Continuing Resolution (CR) is a stopgap measure that will temporarily extend federal funding until January 19, 2018. In the absence of such a measure, under the current law, existing funding will run out on December 22, 2017. The legislation also waives automatic cuts to defense funding and temporarily delays the automatic cuts to non-defense funding, slated to occur in January under the “sequestration” rule.

Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“Funding national defense is a top priority, especially in these uncertain times of instability around the globe. Our troops and commanders must have the resources they need right now to advance peace and our nation’s interests abroad. This Continuing Resolution will fund national defense for the entire fiscal year and provide additional funds for missile defense.

“It is also critically important that we provide resources for our children’s health. Families across the nation rely on the National Children’s Health Program to help sick kids get better and to ensure healthy and happy futures. This legislation includes a measure that would extend this important program throughout the year.

“Lastly, this resolution extends current levels of funding for government operations through January 19, 2018 – preventing a government shutdown. This funding is critical to our nation’s stability, our economy, and for the wellbeing of the American people. It is essential that Congress maintain the programs and services that all Americans depend on.

“This CR is not the preferred way to do the nation’s fiscal business. It is vital that all 12 Appropriations bills be negotiated with the Senate and signed into law. However, this resolution will allow time for the leadership of the House and Senate and the White House to come to agreement on a topline spending level for this fiscal year. Once this agreement is made, my Committee will promptly go to work with the Senate to complete the final legislation.”

 

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