Ruppersberger, House Pass Bipartisan Funding Bill, Averting Government Shutdown
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined the U.S. House of Representatives in passing legislation that will extend vital government funding for federal agencies including education, health, housing and public safety programs through December 3. H.R. 5305, the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act, passed in a bipartisan 254-175 vote and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
The bill funds the government at current levels with $28.6 billion to address recent natural disasters including hurricanes and wildfires and $6.3 billion to support Afghan evacuees.
“This bill enables us to avoid a government shutdown to the huge relief of tens of thousands of federal employees who live and work in Maryland,” said Congressman Ruppersberger, who is a Member of the House Appropriations Committee. “But these band-aid budgets aren’t good for anyone – we aren’t able to invest in new priorities or, for that matter, cut what we no longer need. We must do our jobs and pass legitimate spending bills under regular order.”
The House of Representatives has passed 10 of the 12 annual appropriations bills, which contain critical funding for Maryland such as hundreds of millions of dollars for the Chesapeake Bay, the Port of Baltimore, our military bases and much more.