Rep. Dent Supports Bipartisan Budget Action
(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) hailed the passage of a bipartisan budget agreement by the House today.
“This bipartisan agreement provides for greater stability and certainty in the government funding process for this year and next year. It gets us off of the treadmill of short-term spending bills that have consistently resulted in unpredictability for our military, for American workers and companies, and for those Americans who have suffered harm as a result of the numerous natural disasters over the course of the last year,” said the Congressman.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which passed the House by a vote of 240 to 186, includes a two year budget agreement, funding for government operations through March 23rd, and a one year increase of the statutory debt limit to ensure that our nation does not default on its obligations.
Additionally, the bill provides for $700 billion in total defense spending in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, and $716 billion in FY2019. Dent described the importance of this funding. “Our nation faces unprecedented threats and challenges in protecting and advancing American interests across the globe. This budget agreement provides our nation’s armed forces with the resources needed to protect America and counter increasing global threats.
The budget agreement contained a number of other important provisions, including:
· Emergency funding for disaster recovery efforts in places such as Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, California, and the Virgin Islands;
· Additional resources to fight the opioid crisis;
· Increased funding for the National Institutes of Health for critical medical research and treatments;
· An extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 4 years in addition to the 6 year reauthorization (for a total of 10 years) passed on January 22, 2018.
“I am pleased that this agreement includes many priorities, such as additional resources for countering the devastating opioid epidemic and more stability for children who receive health insurance through the CHIP program. These efforts are critical for millions of American families and deserving of strong support,” continued Dent.
“It is my hope that this budget agreement allows Congress to move forward with completing the 2018 government funding bills and begin the process of drafting and debating the 2019 Appropriations bills. Additionally, it is my hope Congress can build on this bipartisan momentum and address other outstanding issues—like DACA/DREAMERS and border security—in a similar, bipartisan and cooperative manner.”
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