Feb 09 2018

Shelby Votes to Support Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement after the Senate’s vote on the long-term budget agreement and Continuing Resolution to fund the government through March 23, 2018. The bill, which Senator Shelby supported, was passed by a vote of 71 to 28. The measure will now return to the House of Representatives for consideration and, if agreed to, will move to the President’s desk for his signature.

“The Senate has approved a two-year budget agreement, which ensures that the men and women of our armed forces will have the resources needed to keep our country safe. Additionally the package provides critical funding to help our nation’s veterans receive the care they deserve while increasing resources for infrastructure improvements and disaster relief,” said Senator Shelby. “Through this measure, we are also working to support ongoing efforts to continue the fight against opioid abuse. I am glad we have agreed on the blueprint for a more long-term appropriations measure and allowed the federal government to continue operating for the American people. I urge my colleagues in the House of Representatives to support this important bipartisan agreement.”

Furthermore the Bipartisan Budget Act includes structural reforms to Medicare, extends CHIP funding for an additional four years, reauthorizes several tax policies, and rescinds Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, among other provisions.