US HOUSE APPROVES MEASURE THAT FUNDS LEANER GOVERNMENT AND AVERTS SHUTDOWN
Funding Bill for Remainder of Current Fiscal Year Is Subject to Sequestration Cuts with Notable Exemptions for Military and Other Operations Important to Iowans
While official Washington stayed home today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure that funds a leaner federal government and averts a shutdown of government at the end of the month. The bill, known as a continuing resolution, continues government operations for the reminder of the fiscal year, honors spending cuts recently signed into law, and protects and prioritizes Iowa veterans, among other key groups.
Latham, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee, noted that the legislation moves official Washington closer to addressing fiscal matters in a timely and accountable way — but with room for much needed improvement.
“Like a horribly functioning vehicle Washington is once again faced with the sudden starts and stops of another artificial deadline. This is no way to run a government, and all in Washington must commit to do better for the American people,” said Latham. “The good news is that this bill is a responsible spending plan that cuts waste, which will make our economy and children’s and grandchildren’s futures stronger. It also keeps the government open and ensures that important safety nets will continue to protect those of our neighbors in need.”
The legislation, H.R. 933, includes full-year Defense and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bills that the House passed on a bipartisan basis last year, and continues funding for other government agencies at current levels subject to mandated funding sequestration.
H.R. 933 contains notable exemptions to sequestration and other measures relevant to Iowa: