CONGRESSMAN BISHOP SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO AVERT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) voted in support of H.R. 5325, a Continuing Resolution that funds the federal government past September 30. The legislation continues funding for government operations through December 9, 2016, with the exception of military construction and the Department of Veteran Affairs, which is provided full fiscal year 2017 funding. The legislation also includes $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus and $500 million to assist communities impacted by recent floods.
“I am heartened that Congress was able to come together to avert a government shutdown that would have negatively and dramatically harmed our economy. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, I am particularly pleased that the legislation includes full year funding for construction within the Department of Defense and full year funding for the VA and its programs for our nation’s veterans.”
“In times of disaster, it is imperative that we come together to support our neighbors. This legislation will help the victims of the recent floods rebuild their lives, and the resources this bill provides to combat the Zika virus will be a boon to communities and families already being impacted by this terrible threat.”
The legislation was passed by the full House of Representatives late yesterday evening in a vote of 342 to 85. The Senate passed identical legislation yesterday afternoon in a vote of 72 to 26. The President is expected to sign the bill into law by the end of the week.
During the debate on H.R. 5325, Congressman Bishop provided formal remarks on the House floor on the military construction and VA portions of the bill. Video of these remarks can be found here.
Additional detail on the contents of the Continuing Resolution can be found here.