February 07, 2018
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today released the following statement after Senate leadership announced a compromise for a long-term budget plan. The bill includes new investments in defense and non-defense programs and eliminates the arbitrary budget caps imposed on discretionary spending under sequestration.
“After months of careening from one short-term budget to another, this long-term compromise reached in the Senate today is a very encouraging step forward. It funds important health care priorities for Alabama, including renewed investment in our vital Community Health Centers. It also provides an additional four years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, bringing the total funding commitment to 10 years. This bipartisan agreement also paves the way for Congress to consider long-term funding for our military, which will give our Defense Department leadership the certainty that it needs. This is a big step in the right direction. I encourage my colleagues in the House to support this robust bipartisan bill so we can get back to working on the many other important policy challenges we face,” said Senator Jones.
Earlier this week, Senator Jones joined a bipartisan group of senators to call on Senate leadership to extend community health center funding. On Tuesday, he met with the Alabama Primary Health Care Association to listen to their concerns about how a lapse in funding would impact the roughly 350,000 Alabamians who rely on community health centers to access care.
The budget compromise announced today also invests additional resources to tackle the opioid crisis and closes loopholes in the law that will reduce drug prices for seniors. As a result of this deal, the Senate is also poised to reject a House Defense funding bill that does not support important Alabama projects, and will instead take steps this week toward passing an alternative bill that better serves Alabama’s military communities and strengthens the United States military overall.