Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after House passage of the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act.
“Tonight, the House of Representatives took the correct step in voting to fund the federal government. While this continuing resolution is by no means perfect, we must not let funding for our service men and women lapse. By voting for this legislation, we have ensured that we will not put our national security in jeopardy. In addition, basic government services for North Texans and all Americans will continue without interruption.
“This resolution also includes a six-year extension of the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a vital program that helps more than 400,000 Texas children receive the health coverage they need. As a result of tonight’s vote, millions of American families can rest assured that their children will not lose health care coverage. After many months of work, I am glad to see this critical funding bill get a step closer to the finish line for children in North Texas and in neighborhoods across the country. Now it is up to the Senate to act and pass this resolution to fund the government and ensure that children maintain their coverage."