Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) released the following statement after the House passed the consolidated appropriations bill by a vote of 316 to 113:
“Today, the House passed a bipartisan government funding bill which will help grow our economy and keep Americans safe. The bill passed today repeals the 1970s-era oil export ban, allowing us to fully realize the potential of our booming domestic energy industry. It reins in out of control federal bureaucrats at the IRS and EPA by freezing funding and staffing levels.
“This bill keeps us safe from threats both domestically and abroad. It reverses the sequester’s draconian cuts to our military and strengthens the Visa Waiver Program, requiring any individual who has travelled to terrorist hot spots be properly screened before coming to the US.
“Additionally it includes no new funding for Obamacare, prevents a taxpayer bailout of the law’s risk corridor program, and ensures no taxpayer funding for abortion. While not perfect, this bill keeps our government funded and allows Congress to return to regular order in the new year.”