Reed, House Moving Steadily through Annual Funding Bills
Tom Reed and the House of Representatives are now halfway through this year’s appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2015 – a series of twelve annual funding bills needed to fund the government through the new fiscal year beginning October 1st. Reed is using each of the bills as an opportunity to highlight important district priorities.
“Hitting the halfway mark and moving forward with the remaining funding bills is all part of the changing culture we’re pushing for down in Washington,” Reed said. “Hardworking taxpayers deserve to see these bills debated in an open and transparent way. I care about making sure every single taxpayer dollar is budgeted and used effectively – these bills help make that happen.”
The House has passed six of the twelve annual appropriations bills. Of those passed in the House, Reed has been vocal to push for district priorities including increased support for: West Valley nuclear cleanup, Ithaca airport’s contract tower, protections for first responders and help to reduce the backlog claims for veterans.
To date, the Senate has yet to pass a single appropriations bill.
“We’re not going to sit around and wait on the Senate to act because that’s not fair to taxpayers expecting their government to work for them,” Reed continued. “Instead, we’re going to keep up the pace in the House and continue to work through appropriations bills. Setting a budget is one of Congress’ fundamental jobs and the Senate should do its fair share toward that end.”
The House will continue its work on appropriations bills this week as it considers the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015. The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, Judiciary, Small Business Administration and a number of other agencies.
The House has already passed annual funding bills for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Legislative Branch, Commerce, Justice and Science, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Defense and Energy and Water.