Washington, DC – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of legislation that would provide funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and nutrition assistance for low-income women and children:
"Today marks the fourth consecutive day of this lapse in federal operations, and the another day of the House of Representatives working in good faith to pass legislation to fund the critical operations of our government without support from our colleagues in the Senate to compromise and work to end this terrible situation.
"This week, we have passed legislation to fund the National Institutes of Health, the National Guard, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Park Service. Today, we in the House again take action by voting to provide funding for federal emergency management, as well as the Special Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program.
"While the Senate has refused to join the House at the negotiating table to resolve this situation, we have passed several pieces of legislation to provide funding for crucial federal programs– in addition to previously passing bills to fully fund the government prior to the end of the fiscal year. I urge the President and the Senate to join us in working to find an agreement for funding the operations of government as soon as possible."