PRICE STATEMENT ON FY2017 OMNIBUS
Washington – Congressman David E. Price (NC-04), Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on the passage of Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus appropriations legislation.
“This omnibus legislation demonstrates that bipartisan leadership can still overcome President Trump’s attempts to cut vital investments in the American people and undermine the congressional budget and appropriations process.
“Just last week, it seemed possible that we were headed toward another government shutdown over the President’s outrageous demands for border wall funding and plans to strip health care from millions of Americans. But Democratic and Republican negotiators came together to reject these demands and provide adequate funding for programs that President Trump has proposed eliminating. I helped ensure increased funding for initiatives that will benefit the Research Triangle -- including biomedical research, public transit, and affordable housing programs -- and I am also pleased that the bill includes common-sense investments in our future like year-round Pell Grants and foreign development assistance.
“This omnibus agreement does nothing to resolve our long-term budget challenges or to undo the self-inflicted damage imposed by the mindless spending caps in the Budget Control Act, leaving many programs funded well below demonstrated need. Yet I am pleased this legislation reflects a basic commitment to federal programs that support economic empowerment and improve quality of life for all Americans. As we look ahead to the next fiscal year, I will continue working to build on this progress and protect these priorities against President Trump’s proposed cuts.
“I am grateful the final bill provides funding for recent natural disasters, but the amount falls well short of what is needed for North Carolina to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Matthew. Residents of North Carolina continue to feel the devastating impact of Matthew as they work to rebuild their businesses and communities, and I will continue fighting alongside Governor Cooper and our state’s congressional delegation to get our state the funding it deserves.”