Republican-Led Senate Advances Important Bipartisan Measures; Zika Work Continues
‘By returning to regular order and working through the appropriations process, we’ve been able to pass appropriations measures like these that support national priorities in a responsible way.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate passage of appropriations bills to improve transportation and housing infrastructure and care for veterans:
“Last week, the Republican-led Senate passed two more appropriations bills by a large bipartisan majority. Both bills passed out of committee with unanimous support, were subject to hours of debate and deliberation, and included the input of Democratic and Republican Senators.
“The first appropriations measure, for transportation and housing infrastructure, will help ensure air travel is safer and more efficient, invest in important infrastructure, and help strengthen America’s surface transportation network.
“As Senator Collins pointed out last week, this bill includes ‘recommendations from more than 75 Senators from both sides of the aisle’ as well as more than three dozen amendments. I want to thank my friend from Maine for her skilled leadership and her hard work with Ranking Member Reed and colleagues from both sides to advance this measure.
“The second funding measure, for veterans and military construction, will ensure veterans receive benefits and health care they’ve earned while enhancing oversight and accountability at the VA, helping improve quality of life on military bases for soldiers and their families, and advancing critical national security projects like missile defense.
“As Senator Kirk noted last week, this bill incorporates over two dozen amendments, both from Democrats and Republicans. Senator Kirk is a true champion for veterans; I know he always had the needs of our heroes top of mind as he worked with Democrats, with Republicans, and in particular with Ranking Member Tester to move this critical bill forward.
“By returning to regular order and working through the appropriations process, we’ve been able to pass appropriations measures like these that support national priorities in a responsible way.
“I also appreciate Senators working toward a compromise approach to Zika. Preventing the spread of Zika is a priority for all of us, and I’m pleased the Senate has approved a compromise provision to focus resources on this important health issue. We've now begun discussions on how best to resolve the differences between House and Senate versions and get a bill to the President.”
Related Issues: Veterans, Infrastructure, Appropriations, Zika Virus