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Kildee Votes to Keep Government Open, Avoid Shutdown

September 22, 2020
Press Release
House Passes Bipartisan Government Funding Through December 11th

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today voted in support of a bipartisan short-term spending bill—commonly referred to as a continuing resolution—to keep the government open and avoid a shutdown, which would hurt Michigan families and cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

H.R. 8319, the Continuing Appropriations Act, would keep the government open through December 11, 2020. While the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year passed full appropriations bills for the fiscal year, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a single appropriations bill, making a short-term spending bill necessary.

The legislation provides funding to avert a government shutdown in the middle of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The legislation also includes provisions to protect seniors from an up to $50 per month Medicare Part B premium hike. Additionally, the bill includes a one-year surface transportation authorization extension, ensuring we can continue to repair our roads and bridges.

“The last thing we need during a global pandemic is a government shutdown,” Congressman Kildee said. “A government shutdown would cost our economy billions of dollars and lead to hundreds of thousands of federal workers being laid off. While I am disappointed the Senate failed to pass any full appropriations bills this year, which made this short-term funding bill necessary, I am glad this bill will avert a government shutdown.”