Washington, D.C. –Congresswoman Julia Brownley issued the following statement after the House passed the FY2017 Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325). The bill funds the Department of Veterans Affairs and military construction projects for upcoming year, provides funds to address the Zika crisis, and funds other government agencies at FY2016 levels through December 9, 2016.
“I am pleased Congress passed this bill that includes funding critical to our nation’s veterans, and ensures they will continue to receive the healthcare and services that they need from the VA. It includes a critical provision to help wounded veterans pay for the cost of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and adoption that I have long fought to pass. When a servicemember volunteers to serve our country in uniform and suffers an injury, they deserve our unwavering support, including help to start a family.”