The House today passed, on a bipartisan 221 to 212 vote, H.R. 6119, the Further Extending Government Funding Act, which continues government funding through February 18. It makes minimal changes to address the most urgent of needs during the period of the Continuing Resolution and provides $7 billion to continue supporting Afghanistan evacuees after the end of 20 years of war.
“While this short-term measure is needed to avoid a government shutdown, we must use this additional time to enact a bipartisan, bicameral omnibus appropriations bill, which is the only way to provide certainty and support to working families, small businesses, veterans, and our military,” Chair DeLauro said. “With a new deadline of February 18, there is ample time for Republicans to join us for bipartisan, bicameral appropriations negotiations.”
An omnibus with bicameral, bipartisan support is the only option that meets the needs of the American people:
- For American communities, an omnibus creates jobs by supporting small businesses, bolsters our public health infrastructure to prevent future pandemics and medical research to save lives, strengthens public schools with a focus on those serving students with the highest need, protects our air and water through environmental protection and enforcement efforts, combats the opioid epidemic on the ground in our communities, and supports core services such as food safety and consumer product inspections. Without an omnibus, investments in all these areas will be denied.
- For American veterans, an omnibus provides sufficient funding for veterans’ benefits, reduces backlogs for veterans and their families seeking assistance, and meets the needs of the VA’s health care system. Without an omnibus, there will be a shortfall that will cause veterans not to receive their benefits in full.
- For America’s national security, an omnibus supports defense readiness and modernization, sustains good-paying American jobs, secures our cyber infrastructure, and strengthens American leadership abroad. Without an omnibus, a pay raise for troops will not be funded while funds will be misdirected to a war we are no longer fighting.
“A bipartisan agreement is imperative, and Democrats are ready to negotiate. As we extend funding to February 18, Republicans must offer constructive proposals to address the critical issues facing the country by funding the federal government’s important work for the American people,” Chair DeLauro said.
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