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Shaheen Statement Following Senate Passage of a Stop-Gap Government Funding Bill

(Washington, DC)—U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after voting for a bill that funds the federal government until December 9th.

“I’m relieved that Congress was able to come to a bipartisan agreement on providing aid to address the crisis in Flint and help flood victims in Louisiana,” said Senator Shaheen. “And at long last, this funding bill will provide the emergency resources that are needed to address the Zika epidemic. However, I’m very disappointed that Congress did not take this opportunity to deliver immediate funding to first responders and treatment providers battling the opioid epidemic. Instead, this bill delivers an empty promise that won’t deliver any real dollars to communities in need. I’m also very disappointed that the bill includes a special-interest loophole to hide the political contributions of corporations. I hope we can rectify both of these issues when Congress returns.”

Last week, Senator Shaheen released a statement on the lack of opioid funding included in this stop-gap spending bill, saying “communities in New Hampshire and across the country desperately need resources to address this epidemic -- not smoke and mirrors.”