Congressman Sires Votes for Omnibus Appropriations Bill
(Washington, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Sires voted to adopt the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This measure funds the government through the end of FY 2017 and passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 309 - 118.
“This funding measure eliminates the risk of another destabilizing government shutdown and ensures that American families will continue to have access to critical federal services,” stated Congressman Sires.
The bill includes $34.1 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $2 billion, which will be used to support breakthrough research programs to improve our understanding and treatment methods of various diseases. It also allocates $22.5 billion for the Federal Pell Grant program which is a critical resource for low-income students who otherwise might not be able to pursue higher education due to financial constraints. In addition, it funds Community Development Block Grants at $3 billion and increases funding for homeless assistance grants to $2.4 billion.
“While I voted for the omnibus because it includes funding for important programs, Congress cannot continue governing through short term funding measures that threaten key programs the American people rely on,” said Congressman Sires. “It is my hope that my colleagues and I will continue to work together to pass responsible legislation that invests in our economy, provides stability, and protects the needs of the American people.”