Lowey Statement on FY2017 Continuing Resolution
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2017 Continuing Resolution, which also includes emergency funding to respond to the Zika virus and Louisiana floods, and the FY2017 Military Construction-VA Appropriations bill:
“Seven months after President Obama requested emergency assistance to respond to the Zika virus, it is long past time for Congress to act. The $1.1 billion provided equals the total funding the Senate passed by a vote of 89-8 in May. Importantly, it allows federal grants and reimbursements for Title X providers – like Profamilias – and permits funding for contraceptive services. It does not include extraneous legislation allowing unrestricted use of pesticides on or near waterways.
“The Continuing Resolution also includes the full-year 2017 Appropriations bill for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, providing $82.7 billion to address the needs of those who have served our nation in uniform, as well as construction costs necessary to support active and reserve components of the military and their families. It extends current federal spending rates through December 9th, which is sufficient time for Congress to negotiate and enact an Omnibus consisting of each of the remaining 11 Appropriations bills.
“I object to the inclusion of $400 million in rescissions in this CR, which could lead some to believe incorrectly that emergency spending should be offset or will be in the future. I also object to the continuation of a rider shielding corporate political spending from public disclosure.
“During the lame duck session, Congress must enact a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) conference report that includes robust funding to respond to the manmade disaster in Flint. Congress must also meet its remaining obligations to respond to the natural disaster in Louisiana.”