Clay Says Budget Resolution Restores American Priorities
Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay praised the comprehensive budget resolution that was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier today. The new spending bill, which was necessary after the last Congress failed to enact 9 of the 11 required appropriations measures, will ensure that the federal government keeps operating through the fiscal year that began on October 1, 2006.
The new legislation will increase funding for some of this nation's most critical needs: healthcare, education, public housing and veteran's health care. Congressman Clay said: "The voters put their trust in a Democratic Congress and today we have restored the priorities of the American people."
Among the programs that will see their budgets increased under this legislation are: veteran's healthcare, No Child Left Behind, Head Start, the Pell Grant student loans, public housing, Community Health Centers, the Ryan White CARE grants, and the National Institutes of Health.
In addition, this bill provides additional funding for the Census Bureau to support technology upgrades. As the Chairman of the Census subcommittee, Congressman Clay said: "I'm especially pleased that Congress is committed to conducting an accurate 2010 census. This modest investment in new equipment will allow the Census Bureau to improve the way we track population changes and save taxpayers over $1 billion."