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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Representative Green Supports Passage of Bipartisan Omnibus Spending Bill

May 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Green released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a 1$ trillion package that will fund the government for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year:

“After passing a one-week stopgap bill last week, I’m happy my colleagues worked together and reached a compromise that will avert a government shutdown. This agreement increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $2 billion, boost year-round Pell Grants for college students in need, and secures dollars for fighting the opioid epidemic,” said Green.

“Houston is the largest recipient in Texas of NIH funding and our health care system employs more than 560,000 people. The budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration to NIH would have significantly impacted our hospitals and research institutions and stalled the progress that we’ve made in the last 10 years. Our investment in basic and translational research has led to advances that have profoundly improved the health and quality of life of millions of Americans, which is why we increased funding for NIH as part of our 21st Century Cures Act that was signed into law last session.”

“I’m also pleased the agreement includes nearly $30 million for Port of Houston dredging operations and $13 million for construction projects for the Buffalo Bayou. Our congressional delegation has worked hard to ensure the Port of Houston and the Bayou system gets its fair share of federal dollars and continues to support local communities in East Harris County.”

“Funding the government requires collaboration and compromise and the American people expect Congress to work together to avoid another 2013 shutdown. President Trump threatening a government shutdown is reckless and I hope he will demonstrate presidential governing when Congress considers the FY2018 budget in the coming months."