Online Staff Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed five bills with bipartisan support to provide federal funding for several key agencies and programs, ensuring these services can continue while the government is shut down.
Additionally, the House will consider and likely approve this weekend legislation to guarantee back pay for federal workers furloughed as a result of the shutdown, along with other bills to provide funding for nutrition programs for impoverished women and children, and funding for national emergency response.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., released the following statement Oct. 4 outlining House Republicans’ continued efforts to reopen critical parts of the federal government and find a solution to the ongoing government shutdown:
“It’s critical that we continue to engage and offer solutions to help those affected by the shutdown, including ensuring our men and women in uniform get paid and our veterans get their checks,” said Kinzinger. “While the House will continue to offer bipartisan solutions, we need the Senate and the White House to come to the table and work out a compromise that will resume these services and provide relief for all Americans.”
A total of 57 House Democrats joined Republicans to pass legislation that would do the following:
• Fund veterans benefits (H.J.Res.72);
• Ensure our National Guard and reservists get paid (H.R. 3230);
• Reopen our national parks (H.J.Res.70);
• Allow the District of Columbia to expend their local funds (H.J.Res.71); and
• Reopen the National Institutes of Health and ensure that all patients have access to clinical trials (H.J.Res.73).
In addition, the House passed legislation Oct. 2 co-introduced by Rep. Kinzinger to provide special visas for Iraqi translators who risked their lives during the Iraqi war to assist American troops. With an estimated 2,000 visas remaining unprocessed, the bill, H.R. 3233, extends the Special Immigrant Visa Program for Iraqi interpreters, contractors, and others who aided the U.S. effort. H.R. 3233 passed the Senate by voice vote on Thursday, Oct. 3, and awaits a signature by the president.
Posted Oct. 4, 2013