Barletta Supports Legislation to Fund Military, Keep Government Open
WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a Continuing Resolution to fully fund the U.S. military and keep the government open through March 23, 2018. Federal programs would be funded at current levels, but additional provisions were included to extend funding for community health centers, Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education, and other critical health programs for two years. The measure also fully funds the military at $659.2 billion for the remainder of the fiscal year. Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted in favor of this legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 245 to 182.
“Congress has a responsibility to ensure our government remains open,” Barletta said following the vote. “Throughout this process, we have been seated at the table willing to work together for the American people. We have yet again passed an extension for community health centers delivering care to millions of Americans. Unfortunately, there are those in the Senate who will continue to obstruct these critical priorities for the American people by voting for a government shutdown.”
The two year funding extension for community health centers will ensure the continuation of community-based, patient-centered organizations that provide comprehensive health services to medically underserved populations, regardless of their ability to pay. In 2015, community health centers employed nearly 190,000 people and served over 24 million patients. One in 13 people nationwide rely on a health center for their health care needs.