WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act:
"With the passage of this legislation, the House has now passed ten of the twelve appropriations bills, funding 96% of the government. This is the first time since 2006 that the House has passed ten appropriations bills by the end of June. We are hard at work to fund the government on time.
"I'm pleased that I was able to help secure a 3.1% cost of living adjustment for federal employees in the legislation, in spite of the fact that the Trump Administration proposed no increase for civilian employees in the President's budget.
"The legislation passed today also blocks the Trump Administration's proposal to merge OPM and GSA, which would further undermine the federal civilian workforce.
"Additionally, I helped secure language to make clear that Congress would not allocate any new funds for the Administration’s proposal to build a new FBI headquarters at the existing site on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Administration's proposal ignores the fact that the FBI and GSA have consistently stated that the Hoover Building does not meet the FBI’s security and operational needs. The language encourages the GSA and the FBI to work together to come up with a new proposal that meets the security requirements of the FBI.
"I urge my colleagues in the Senate to begin their work to fund government. The House is doing our work to prevent a Trump shutdown, and it is time for the Senate to do the same.”