Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds House Passage of Continuing Resolution to Keep the Government Open

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement applauding the passage of the FY21 Continuing Resolution to extend government funding through December 11, 2020:

“I’m glad to see the House pass this Continuing Resolution to keep our government open during this crucial time. 

“Under Chairwoman Lowey’s leadership, the House did its job. We passed ten appropriations bills this summer to meet the needs of the American people, even in the face of a pandemic, which forced us to adopt novel ways of working. Meanwhile, the other body has not marked up even one bill. 

“I’m pleased that this legislation adds nearly $8 billion in vital needed nutrition assistance for struggling families. It includes an extension and expansion of the Pandemic EBT program, which provides resources to families with children who otherwise would have received free or reduced-price meals at school. 

“The bill also extends waivers for the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) that were included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and expire September 30, 2021.

 “People across the country are waiting for their government to take action. 

Action to fight the pandemic. Action to take belated action to dismantle systemic racism in our society. Action to end endless wars. Action just to do our most fundamental job of keeping the government running. The Senate must take up and pass the Heroes Act now.”