Reichert, House Vote to Keep Government Open

Washington, DC - Today, the House passed a continuing resolution (H.R. 1370) to extend funding to keep critical government programs fully operational through January 19, 2018 and avert a government shutdown.

“Today, I voted to keep the government open as Congress continues to craft a long-term solution to government spending,” said Rep. Reichert. “While this discussion is vitally important, it must not come at the expense of critical programs that provide for our national defense, veterans, children, and Americans across the country. In particular, as Co-Chair of the Children’s Health Care Caucus, I am pleased that we provided additional funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers. We cannot allow a shutdown of programs on which so many rely while we determine a longer-path forward.”

Today’s bill includes funding for all government programs through January 19, 2018 in addition to supplemental funds for missile defense and vital Navy ship repairs.  In addition, the bill provides additional funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers through March 31, 2018.  The bill also extends Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities to January 19th and provides additional funding for the Veterans Choice Program. Importantly, the bill includes a waiver to the Pay-Go requirements for the tax bill that passed Congress. This means the Pay-Go rule’s automatic spending cuts will not occur.