WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) released the following statement regarding the FY2017 Appropriations bill, which passed the House today with bipartisan support:
“As Central New York’s Representative in Congress, I have long maintained that we must avoid government shutdowns. As legislators, we have a duty to ensure the government remains functional and today’s bill accomplishes that. This agreement is far from perfect, but it advances some significant priorities for Central New York and for our country. This measure prioritizes our national security by increasing funding for defense and strengthening border security. Importantly for Central New York, it includes much-needed funding to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic through grants, improved access to prevention and treatment services, and support for law enforcement. With a funding agreement in place through the end of the fiscal year, we may now continue to tackle the heavy agenda before us this Congress.”
Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and a portion of Oswego County. For more information, please visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.