WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. House and Senate passed Congressman Dent’s (PA-15) bipartisan Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations Act for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs. President Obama signed the bill into law yesterday, and with that action Rep. Dent’s bill has become the first appropriations act to be enacted before the commencement of the October 1 fiscal year since 2009. It also provides an unprecedented level of funding for the VA to carry out their medical services and benefits programs. Congressman Dent offered the following remarks on the occasion: 

“I’m proud to have been a leading part of this bipartisan effort to assemble and pass the first appropriations bill to be enacted in law on time since 2009. Congress maintains a Constitutional obligation to maintain the ‘power of the purse’ through the appropriations process, and I take that responsibility very seriously as a Chairman of a subcommittee on the Appropriations Committee.” 

“By getting this important legislation enacted before October 1, we are able to provide much-needed certainty and peace of mind to our veterans and our military services, our troops and their families both at home and abroad. It will allow the Department of Defense and the VA to move ahead with planning decisions to improve efficiencies and will ultimately save taxpayer dollars. Our veterans and service members deserve to know that their elected officials in Congress will provide the care and benefits that they have earned, and this action is a clear indicator of that commitment. I thank Ranking Member Sanford Bishop for his steadfast support, and applaud the bipartisan effort that made it possible to put responsible budgeting over political gamesmanship. I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of my constituents in Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District.”

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