Tom Reed supported the stop-gap funding bill which passed Congress Wednesday evening. “We care about making sure the government is able to operate for the sake of our taxpayers, veterans, senior citizens and national security,” said Reed. “It was only right that we came together to support this bill as it prevents a lapse in critical programs. We remain committed to prioritizing spending and focused on long term efforts to get the deficit and debt under control.”
The bill, which passed both the House and the Senate, will not only avert a government shutdown but provides funding for critical programs, including $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus, $82.5 billion for veterans services, including $52.4 billion for their medical care and roughly $37 million funding to implement programs in the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act (CARA).
“Having held roundtable discussions across our region on the opioid and heroin epidemic, we heard the stories of those who lost loved ones to addiction. For their sake, we could not waste any more time getting funding to the law enforcement officials and the rehabilitation and treatment programs that help address this crisis,” said Reed.
The proposal funds government operations through December 9.