05.03.17

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy Statement On House Passage Of The Consolidated Spending Bill

 [Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Consolidated Spending Bill in a vote of 309 to 118.  The bill, which received bipartisan support in the House, now moves to the Senate.  This full-year government appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017, if enacted, will succeed the stop-gap funding bill that expires on Friday night.]

It is encouraging and significant that the consolidated spending bill received bipartisan support in the House, and I look forward to encouraging bipartisan approval in the Senate.  It is a tangible step toward a return to regular order and bipartisan cooperation in the handling of the 12 annual Appropriations bills that fund the federal government.  It is not perfect -- products of compromise rarely are -- but it is a good deal for the American people.  It reflects values of both Republicans and Democrats, and I am hopeful it will pass the Senate and be signed into law by the President. 

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