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    by Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III

    Posted on 2015-12-31

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    KENNEDY, III of massachusetts in the house of representatives Thursday, December 31, 2015 Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. Speaker, on December 18, 2015, I was unable to vote on Roll Call 705.

    If I had been present, I would have supported H.R. 2029, the fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending legislation.

    I would have voted in favor of this legislation because it includes necessary funding to keep the government operating. It provides needed clarifications to ensure the work of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation coordinates among existing manufacturing institutes and moves forward in the investment of new centers. Additionally it includes an increase, over 2015 enacted levels, of $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health and $132 million for the Food and Drug Administration. The legislation provides a $6.4 billion increase for veterans services and a one-time appropriation for international food aid. Finally, the AmeriCorps program will receive $368 million, which is a 15% increase over last year's funding levels.

    However no compromise bill is ever perfect, and I am disappointed that the bill fails to lift the ban prohibiting the Centers for Disease Control from researching the impact of gun violence.


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