Legislation Extends Government Funding and Health Programs Through December 20, Fully Funds a Fair and Accurate Census, and Raises Military Pay
WASHINGTON — Rep. Kirkpatrick voted to pass a continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through December 20 and keep the government open after the current stopgap funding law expires this week. The House passed the resolution on a bipartisan 231 to 192 vote.
The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.
“I voted to support the CR today to keep our government open and avert a shutdown days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Earlier this year, the House passed 10 of 12 full year appropriations bills, due to the Senate’s inaction with those bills, we were left with extending the CR through December. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have had a seat at the table where these important funding decisions are made and I understand the importance of giving the American people, businesses, and our Southern Arizona community the certainty of full year funding. I am hopeful that the strong support in today’s passage will move through the Senate and both chambers can work together over the next month to fully fund the government going into the new year.”
In addition to a funding extension, the legislation provides full funding for a fair and accurate Census by raising the rate of operations to the bipartisan Senate funding level through the duration of the continuing resolution, funds a 3.1 percent military pay raise, and includes an extension of expiring health care programs.