Rep. Sewell Votes for Short-Term Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, a Member of the Financial Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after voting yes to the Fiscal Year 2017 Continuing Resolution, H.R. 5325, to fund the government through December 9, 2016:
“Today I voted in favor of this short term funding bill to ensure that our government continues to provide critical services and resources to Americans across the country. While I had hoped for a long term funding solution, this bill provides vital funding for our military infrastructure, housing, and services for men and women in our Armed Forces and their families.
“Additionally, this legislation finally answers the call to address the Zika virus health crisis that has impacted far too many Americans. The funding in the bill will enhance the Administration's efforts to reduce the risk of the virus, particularly in pregnant women, by better controlling the mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus, developing new prevention tools, including vaccines and better diagnostics to protect Americans from the virus, and conducting crucial research projects needed to better understand the virus’s impact on infants and children.
“I look forward to continuing to work together in a bipartisan manner to develop a long term funding solution that makes critical investments in our infrastructure, creates jobs, and preserves our national security.”