Thompson Votes for Bipartisan Budget Agreement

Feb 9, 2018

Bill reauthorizes funding for Community Health Centers for two years, fully funds Department of Defense and other initiatives

WASHINGTONU.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) today voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act, which extends government funding until March 23, 2018. The package also establishes a federal budget for the next two years, creating a framework for government funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 and the entirety of Fiscal Year 2019.

“While continuing resolutions are never ideal, this legislation is an important step in reestablishing our priorities through a bipartisan budget agreement that establishes spending guidelines,” Rep. Thompson said. “The Bipartisan Budget Act finally delivers critical funding to the Department of Defense, which is essential for rebuilding our military and readiness. The bill also reauthorizes Community Health Centers and CHIP, along with critical funding for mental health and opioid abuse programs. I am proud to support this legislation and urge President Trump to promptly sign it into law.”

AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS

Immediate funding for the Department of Defense; creates a fiscal path to rebuild the military through 2019

2-year funding for Community Health Centers

4 years of additional funding for CHIP – the Children’s Health Insurance Program – which brings the full reauthorization to 10 years (a continuing resolution in January funded CHIP for 6 years)

Funding for mental health programs and combatting the opioid epidemic

Funding for disaster relief and agricultural assistance, specifically aiding the nation’s dairy farmers