Government Funding Bill Passes with Key Provisions for PA-6
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) this morning voted to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA), legislation that funds the government and includes multiple provisions that are beneficial for Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District. The BBA was signed into law on Friday morning.
“This legislation supports our men and women in uniform, and it also provides critical funding for community health centers, extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization an additional four years, provides billions to fight the opioid epidemic, and funding to reduce the healthcare maintenance backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have heard from constituents about the importance of each of these programs, and many others included in this bill, to their families and communities, and I was pleased to vote for it,” said Rep. Costello.
The BBA included multiple provisions important to communities represented by Rep. Costello:
- An additional four-year authorization of CHIP, bringing CHIP to a 10-year reauthorization. Rep. Costello has consistently advocated for and voted for CHIP funding, as the program is utilized by thousands of children in Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District
- Extends and increases mandatory funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers, also known as community health centers, from $3.6 billion per year to $3.8 billion for FY18 and $4 billion for FY19. Rep. Costello has called for and voted for continued support of health centers
- $6 billion to fight the opioid epidemic, funding Rep. Costello has been supportive of since coming to Congress. Read about his recent work on the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force here
- $300 million for the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), which Rep. Costello voted to fund last year. As a member of the Diabetes Caucus, Rep. Costello is a strong advocate for SDP and working to ensure that critical investments are continued for this vital program. The SDP is making meaningful progress towards curing and preventing diabetes. Notable developments from the SDP include accelerating the development of artificial pancreas systems as well as advancements in eye therapies, kidney therapies, and immune therapies
- $2 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which Rep. Costello supports
- $4 billion to reduce the healthcare maintenance backlog at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Rep. Costello has also been working to enhance transparency and accountability at the VA
- Encourages American clean energy innovation by enhancing incentives for greater deployment of carbon capture technology and extending credits for proven energy-efficiency and renewable energy programs. Click here for Rep. Costello’s work on this issue
- Increased funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), a federal-state partnership grant which supports early learning and child care access for 117,000 Pennsylvania children from low-income families
- $4 billion in funding towards higher education to assist students with college affordability, with specific funding directed to programs that help teachers, firefighters, and law enforcement, such as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program that Rep. Costello has been working to protect
- Repeals the Medicare “therapy cap,” an arbitrary cap on outpatient physical, occupational, and speech-language pathology therapy services. As a cosponsor of H.R.807, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, Rep. Costello believes that a full repeal of the therapy cap is necessary to ensure patients have access to timely and appropriate care
- $89 billion for emergency disaster aid funding for communities affected by hurricanes and wildfires