Source: Queens Gazette

By John Toscano

Following the release of the FY2017 Omnibus appropriations Act by the House Committee on Appropriations on May 1, Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

“The bipartisan Omnibus bill is a good step forward in appropriately funding many of our government agencies, fulfilling one of Congress’s most basic responsibilities. The fact that this bill includes a $2 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health’s important medical research and a $42 million increase for the Public Housing Capital Fund suggests that, despite the rise of divisive rhetoric, Democrats and Republicans can work together for the greater good of our nation. The fact that this budget preserves funding for Community Development Block Grants, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for Humanities, despite the President’s proposal to eliminate these programs, is also an important message that Democrats and Republicans oppose such extreme and harmful cuts.

“In addition, with this spending package, our government is also living up to its responsibility to ensure that New York City taxpayers will be fully reimbursed for the costs to protect then-President elect Trump and his family between Election Day and Inauguration Day. And, as the NYPD and FDNY continue to protect Trump Tower, that future costs will be fully covered as well. Protecting the President and First Family is a national security priority and so should be covered by federal funds. This is the right and fair thing to do.

“It is also important to note what is not included in this bill – namely more than 160 policy riders that would have harmed Americans in every state and of every political persuasion, including ‘poison pill’ riders that would harm sanctuary cities like New York City, defund Planned Parenthood and undermine the Affordable Care Act. This is truly a bipartisan bill in the nation’s best interest, demonstrating that Democrats and Republicans can work together to keep our government running and our nation strong.”