House Passes Legislation to Keep Government Open, Fund Key Priorities
The House today adopted, on a bipartisan 300-128 vote, legislation that will keep the government open and fund important national priorities. The legislation, which ensures the entire federal government is funded through September 30, was the product of a bipartisan, bicameral Conference Committee.
“The strong bipartisan support for this compromise shows Congress at its best. While this is not the legislation I would have written on my own, I am proud that it will keep our government open and fund key priorities,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) said. “This agreement supports smart, effective border security while blocking an ineffective concrete border wall, and it includes several key measures to make our immigration system more humane. This bill rejects reckless budget cuts and instead invests in priorities that will strengthen our families, communities, and economy.”
The legislation covers seven appropriations bills: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.
The legislation, H.J. Res. 31, passed the Senate this afternoon. House passage clears the bill for the President’s signature.
The text of H.J. Res. 31 is available here: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20190211/CRPT-116hrpt9_u2-.pdf
The text of the Joint Explanatory Statement is available here: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20190211/116hrpt9-JointExplanatoryStatement-u1.pdf
A summary of the legislation is available here: https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/documents/Summary%20of%20Conference%20Report.pdf