WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski released the following statement after House passage of the National Emergency Disaster Recovery Act (H.J.Res.85) and the Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act (H.J.Res.75):
“The House continues to pass legislation to help hardworking families get back to work and maintain essential federal services during this disappointing government shutdown. I urge the Senate and president to quickly pass these measures to ensure critical funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—especially with Tropical Storm Karen approaching the Gulf of Mexico.”
Walorski continued, “The Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act provides funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), ensuring nutritious food for women and children in need. There is no reason for the Senate or president to block these measures, and immediate passage of these joint resolutions is the right thing to do for our families and communities.”
Since October 1st, the House has passed seven appropriations measures to fund essential programs. Majority Leader Harry Reid has not allowed any of these measures to come to the Senate floor for a vote. President Obama has promised to veto bills helping veterans, cancer research, National Parks, and the District of Columbia.