WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Senior Member on the Military, Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies and serves on the Financial Services and General Government issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.J. Res. 31), a bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019:

“I want to thank the bipartisan and bicameral conferees for working so persistently to get something done for the American people. Although, both sides did not get everything they wanted, we cannot allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.

“I also strongly regret, however, that we are not able to consider the disaster supplemental in this appropriations bill! The House and Senate passed separate bills a month ago that would have provided desperately needed relief to our farmers, ranchers and communities, coast to coast, in Hawaii and the territories that were devastated by tragic disasters but those bills must still be reconciled. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and the Senate to get this disaster bill passed as fast as we can so the people affected by these natural disasters can get the relief they desperately need.”