Congressman Cohen Votes for Budget Bill

February 9, 2018
Press Release
Notes expanded domestic spending for Infants and Children

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) voted for the budget compromise that passed the House 240 to 186 this morning, and made the following statement:

“It was important to have the government reopen after a five-hour shutdown, particularly for my constituents who often need access to programs, and for federal employees. This this appears to be a good compromise, with Democratic negotiators insisting on significant increases in domestic spending, including reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for a full ten years, four years more than was offered by Republican leaders two weeks ago.

“In addition, the bill provides for $7 billion to fund community health centers for two years; a five year reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program so critical in the 9th Congressional District; $363 million over two years for teaching health centers providing graduate medical education for residents working in underserved areas; and $6 billion for opioid and mental health treatment; and an extra $2 billion for research at the National Institutes of Health,.

“I remain concerned by the cuts to the Center for Disease Control’s Prevention and Public Health Fund which, among other things, provides vaccine funding.”

The bill also contains $23.5 billion, as part of a supplemental disaster relief package, for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Relief Fund and $17.3 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for projects to reduce the risk of future damage from flood and storm events.