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Larson Statement on the 2017 Omnibus Spending Measure

May 3, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement following the passage of the omnibus appropriations bill in the House that will fund the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2017:


“I am pleased that we were able to pass a bipartisan omnibus appropriations bill that will provide federal agencies and our military with adequate funding for the remainder of the fiscal year without any poison pill riders. In particular, I am glad that Connecticut's manufacturing priorities have been met with funds made available for 74 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 62 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, and funds a shipbuilding base. This bill also includes funding for the National Institutes of Health, which received a $2 billion increase. However, while it is important to keep the government running, we need to focus on what is truly important, and that is providing jobs for Americans,” said Larson. “We need to do more than just keeping the government open and funded; we need to focus  on providing opportunities for Americans to get back to work. I will continue to push for legislation that helps working families and creates jobs.”