Statement of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On House Passage of The Defense/Labor HHS “Minibus” Appropriations Bill

“For the first time in 22 years, Congress is sending the Labor-HHS bill to the president’s desk on time by the beginning of the fiscal year.  This appropriations package also invests in the men and women of the armed forces and their families, and it ensures the government of the American people will remain open through December 7 for those agencies not yet funded. 


“This was only possible because of the bipartisan framework reached among Chairman Shelby, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer and myself.  It is free of poison pill policy riders, has broad bipartisan support, and it complies with the bipartisan budget agreement reached by Congress in February. 


“This is a proven path forward for the appropriations process, and it is the only path forward for the remaining appropriations bills.  I am hopeful that House Republicans will drop their remaining poison pills from the third minibus, so that we can complete nine of the 12 appropriations bills by the end of the fiscal year.”   


Leahy’s Statement From Senate Passage Available HERE: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/leahy-statement-on-the-defense-labor-health-and-human-services-and-education-conference-report


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