The House today passed, on a 220 to 211 vote, H.R. 5305, the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act, which continues vital federal funding through December 3 and provides $28.6 billion in disaster relief and $6.3 billion to support Afghanistan evacuees as the Afghanistan war ends.
“As our nation continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic and other serious challenges, the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act meets the continuing needs of people who live paycheck to paycheck,” Chair DeLauro said. “It is critical that Congress swiftly pass this legislation to support critical education, health, housing and public safety programs and provide emergency help for disaster survivors and Afghan evacuees.”
The Appropriations provisions of the legislation, which were the product of negotiations with the Senate majority and minority and the House minority, constitute a Continuing Resolution through December 3 and two emergency supplemental funding bills that address recent natural disasters and developments in Afghanistan, respectively.
- The Continuing Resolution extends funding for vital federal agencies, including education, health, housing, and public safety programs, through December 3. This funding will grow opportunity through early child education, investments in our schools, and high-quality job training programs, provide a lifeline to the vulnerable through nutrition assistance and affordable housing, and honor Congress’ solemn responsibility to secure our nation and support our veterans.
- The emergency disaster funding provides $28.6 billion to address the rising cost of climate change: recent natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ida, Delta, Zeta, and Laura, wildfires, severe droughts and winter storms, and other natural and major disasters declared in 2021 and prior years. This funding will help working families, small businesses, and communities get back on their feet and rebuild, while repairing damage to federal facilities.
- The $6.3 billion supplemental to support Afghan evacuees includes funding to temporarily house evacuees at American facilities and in foreign countries, provide necessary security screenings, and ultimately resettle eligible evacuees in the United States. The legislation also includes funding to provide humanitarian assistance for Afghan refugees in neighboring countries.
“By extending funding through December 3, this legislation will allow Congress to negotiate full-year government funding bills that make historic and transformative investments to benefit working families. As we take that step today, providing help for people in desperate need is a moral imperative,” Chair DeLauro said. “I am proud that we have advanced this important bill and I urge the Senate to take it up without delay.”
In addition, the legislation carries authorizing extensions including a suspension of the statutory debt limit through December 2022.
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