O’Halleran Votes to Pass FY2017 Spending Bill
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran voted to pass the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Act and protect funding for science and medical research as well as other critical programs.
“This is the kind of bipartisanship Congress should be focused on every day,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “By working together on legislation, we avoided a disastrous government shutdown, invested in our communities, and took efforts to strengthen our national and border security.”
The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass the legislation to appropriate $1.07 trillion in discretionary budget authority through the remainder of FY17. This vote prevents a government shutdown and protects essential services that thousands of Arizonans rely on every day. The omnibus includes:
- $15 billion in additional defense budget authority;
- $1.5 billion in additional funding for 21st century border security technology;
- $2 billion in additional funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health;
- Extension of health insurance benefits for retired mine workers;
“As we move forward, it is imperative that Congress begin discussions on a process that allows us to pass an annual federal budget,” continued O’Halleran. “Short-term spending bills prevent us from making strategic investments that protect our communities and move our country forward.”
O’Halleran recently introduced legislation that prohibits members of Congress from receiving their pay during a government shutdown and requires an audit of the cost and impact of the shutdown on our economy.