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Senator Hassan Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Budget Agreement

“This bipartisan budget agreement will provide $6 billion in additional federal funding to combat the devastating opioid crisis, and it will give long-term stability to our budget and our military in order to expand economic opportunity for middle class families, support innovative businesses, and keep our nation safe. I am grateful to all of the members of our bipartisan Common Sense Coalition who worked together to find common ground and pave the way for an agreement that invests in critical priorities, including significantly increasing funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery providers on the front lines of the opioid crisis.”
See below for some of the key priorities that this bipartisan budget agreement invests in for fiscal years 2018 and 2019:
  • Fully funds the Department of Defense, ensuring that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base have the funding they need to help keep us safe
  • $6 billion to combat the opioid crisis
  • $4 billion for VA medical facilities construction and improvements
  • More than $7 billion for Community Health Centers (CHCs)
  • 4 addition years of funding for CHIP, on top of the 6 years of CHIP in the previous continuing resolution
  • $20 billion for bolstering the nation’s infrastructure, including for rural broadband
  • $5.8 billion for making affordable child care more accessible to working families
  • $4 billion for college affordability programs
  • $2 billion for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)