WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed a continuing resolution to fund the government until March 23, 2018, and the Department of Defense for the 2018 Fiscal Year. Two health care bills the Chair introduced were also included in this legislation. The first extends the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program for two years and doubles current funding levels. The second is the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act, which permanently fixes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that limited access to speech generating devices for people with degenerative diseases.
“For the sake of our troops who are serving on the front lines, we need a broader budget agreement that properly funds our military. Unfortunately, Democrats are continuing to hold military funding hostage with partisan demands, and this is delaying our progress. As a result, a continuing resolution is again necessary to keep the government open.”
“In addition to funding our military for a full fiscal year, I’m glad this package also includes my bills to reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program and to permanently extend the Steve Gleason Act to give certainty to those with ALS and other degenerative diseases.
“It’s critical that Senate Democrats allow this legislation to move forward. That starts with ending the political games and joining us to put the safety and security of Americans first.”
Note: The continuing resolution funds important programs, including Medicare extenders, community health centers, and other important public health priorities.