Rep. Payne, Jr. Votes in Support of the Omnibus

Mar 22, 2018 Issues: Fiscal Responsibility

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released the following statement after voting in support of the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The omnibus bill is far from perfect, but it is a bipartisan bill that contains important provisions to help the American people. New Jerseyans have called and written my office, demanding that Congress take action on gun violence, education funding, the opioid epidemic, and other matters that affect them. The omnibus bill makes crucial investments to address these issues. It will allow the Centers for Disease Control to finally study the epidemic of gun violence in our country and shores up the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It also includes funding for pell grants, HBCUs, Planned Parenthood, anti-poverty programs, head start, community health centers, the opioid epidemic, and the Gateway Project. 

“To achieve bipartisan support, this bill rightly rejects right-wing riders that would undermine women’s health, hurt our clean air and clean water initiatives, and target health insurance, among other things. I am disappointed the bill does not include a DACA provision to protect Dreamers.

“While this bill is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction for New Jersey and the country.”