Gwen Moore supports bipartisan spending bill
By Congresswoman Gwen Moore
This week, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI- 04) voted in support of the omnibus appropriations bill that provides $1.1 trillion in funding for the 2014 fiscal year.
She released this statement:
“Our government cannot continue to operate from one manufactured crisis to the next.
Although the omnibus does not restore pre-sequester funding for every program, it offers significant relief to many of our domestic investments that were compromised when the across-the-board spending cuts went into effect.
Due to a 5.27 percent cut, Head Start programs throughout Wisconsin were forced to deny admittance to 822 children and reduce their service by 18,758 days at center-based facilities.
I am very pleased that Head Start will have its funding restored, totaling nearly $1 billion over its current funding level.
In addition, our federal TRIO programs will receive almost 95 percent of their pre-sequester level funding.
I strongly support the funding in this bill reserved for some of our most vital education programs.
“However, I am not satisfied with every aspect of this bill, such as reduced funding for the National Institutes of Health (when compared to the pre-sequester level) as well as some negative environmental and health care compromises.
Despite these concerns, I supported the omnibus as it represents bipartisan compromise and helps us avoid the threat of a government shutdown for the remainder of the fiscal year.
“The American people have had enough of Congressional dysfunction and gridlock.
I join them in this sentiment.
The 2014 omnibus appropriations bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 359 to 67.
The legislation is expected to pass the Senate.
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