|WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the following statement upon House passage of a 10-week continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 9, 2016:
“While governing by CR is not preferable, I am pleased Congress came to a short-term agreement that includes full-year funding for the VA and military construction projects. This short term option gives Congress a short window to resolve further funding differences such as authorizing funding for our national defense in a timely and effective manner. I am committed to making sure our troops have the resources they need to complete their missions.
I am happy this bill provides full-year funding for the VA at almost $3 billion more than 2016 levels. We are making sure our veterans are cared for in this bill by addressing the backlog of disability claims and supporting the modernization of electronic health records. I am also glad to see this legislation contain critical funding to combat the Zika virus and resources to fight the rampant opioid epidemic coursing through our country.
There is still work to be done, though. I am hopeful as House Republicans continue working to return to regular order, political gamesmanship can be set aside to give Americans a stable and dependable government that works for them.”
Rep. Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.