Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, today made the following statement after voting to support the House Appropriations bill to fund the government through the remainder of the fiscal year. The measure passed the House by a vote of 359-67.
“It’s an imperfect budget, but it’s a budget. That’s a good place to start in the effort to control federal spending and reduce the national debt. This bill reduces significantly reduces discretionary spending from last year and marks the fourth consecutive year of reductions, the first time since the Korean War. It provides a platform from which we can continue serious discussions about restoring fiscal order in Washington.
“I am pleased the bill also extends a provision that maintains housing development eligibility for all communities that are designated as ‘rural.’ I pressed for this solution during the Appropriations process. It will provide much-needed certainty for mid-sized rural communities like Norfolk and Columbus that are addressing significant housing challenges.”