Newhouse Statement on Vote to Fund Federal Government, Military, and Community Health Centers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to approve the passage of a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through March 23, 2018, while fully funding the Department of Defense for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. The legislation also provides a two-year extension on funding for Community Health Care Centers.
“I supported this legislation to keep the federal government operating and provide a full fiscal year of funding for our troops, giving certainty to the defenders of our nation,” said Rep. Newhouse. “This legislation authorizes two years of now-expired funding for Community Health Centers, which provide critical services to communities across the country, including in Central Washington. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act on this bill to keep the federal government open and support our community health centers.”
Today, Rep. Newhouse rallied with colleagues on Capitol Hill to support funding for Community Health Centers. In November, Rep. Newhouse voted for passage of the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which would extend funding for the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) for two additional years. This funding is used at federally qualified health centers, which provide an array of comprehensive health services. The CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act would also provide funding for Teaching Health Centers – three of which are in Central Washington – to train primary care doctors and retain them at community-based clinics in rural areas. The Senate has yet to take up this bill.