Sep 29, 2016 Issues: Spending Cuts and Debt


Washington, D.C. – Representative Todd Rokita released the following statement after the House passed legislation to fund the federal government through December.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 342 to 85.

“Given that our national debt is already over $19 trillion, I cannot support this bill because several of the provisions are not even paid-for, including Zika funding, and therefore add to the national debt.  To solve this problem, I introduced a fully paid-for Zika bill, which was not considered.  This continuing resolution also fails to pay for disaster relief funds for the flooding that has devastated parts of the South.  I saw the need for these relief funds firsthand during a visit earlier this month, but without being paid-for, this bill will try to solve one problem only by enlarging another: our debt.”

This funding bill passed today provides money to fund the government through December 9.  Of the $1.1 billion in Zika funding research, only $400 million is paid for.  On September 15, Rep. Rokita introduced a fully paid-for alternative, the Zero Impacted Kids in America (ZIKA) Act, which provided the requested level of virus research while remaining budget-neutral.