Rep. Maloney Statement on FY 2017 Continuing Resolution

Dec 8, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement after the House passed passage of the Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government funded through April 28, 2017.

“I am deeply disappointed that this bill includes only $7 million of funding to reimburse the people of my great city, New York, for the extraordinary expenditures necessary to keep the President-elect safe and secure. The Mayor and the Obama Administration asked for $35 million for these efforts and the people of New York should not be footing the bill for this national security priority. I will continue to fight for New York City to be fully compensated.

“Furthermore, the inclusion of language to smooth the way for  a waiver for General Mattis as President-elect Trump’s choice for Secretary of Defense has no place in a spending bill and the move is both underhanded and politically motivated. This provision deserves its own legislation that would allow for more robust debate on the issue, and should not have been forced on the American people through inclusion in a must-pass bill.

“This is far from a perfect bill, but I would be remiss to look past some of the great, bipartisan efforts included in this bill; including funding to help alleviate the Flint Water Crisis and to pay for the recently-passed 21st Century Cures Act’s new medical research programs. The people of Flint not only need but deserve the support of the federal government. Their city has already suffered for too long and their water system must be replaced not only swiftly but to the highest of standards. The 21st Century Cures Act is a victory for medical research and also provides desperately needed funding to help states and cities combat the nation’s opioid health crisis.

“While I was willing to support this bill today to prevent a government shutdown and invest in these new programs, Congress must ensure that the taxpayers of New York City are fully reimbursed for the costs incurred to secure the President-elect when we pass our next appropriations bill in 2017.”