Abraham statement on Community Health Center funding
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, released the following statement in regards to an impending vote this afternoon to fund Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs, or Community Health Centers).
The House is expected to take up a Continuing Resolution (CR) today to fund the government through March 23. The CR includes a two-year funding extension for Community Health Centers, and it provides $659.2 billion in full-year funding for the military, which includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops.
This will be the second time the House has attempted to pass funding for Community Health Centers. The House passed HR 3922, the Championing Healthy Kids Act, on Nov. 3. The bill included a two-year extension for Community Health Centers. Dr. Abraham supported this bill.
House Republicans overwhelmingly supported HR 3922 with 227 Republicans voting in favor; however, 174 Democrats voted against the bill and failed to join Republicans in their efforts to fund these health centers that provide important medical services to lower-income Americans. Senate Democrats filibustered and prevented the bill from passing in the other chamber.
“As a physician, I understand that Community Health Centers are critical safety nets that help all Americans - regardless of income - access quality medical care, and that is why I find it frustrating that Democrats have voted against funding for these centers,” Dr. Abraham said. “I welcome Gov. Edwards support for this funding and call on him to speak some sense to his party. We learned just last month that the Democrats are willing to shut down the government, prevent funding for poor, sick children, and block pay raises for our troops in his party’s quest to grant amnesty for illegal immigrants. It is my hope that they will stop holding hostage funding for these centers and the military and vote with Republicans on this spending bill.”
The vote is expected around 5:15 p.m. ET today.