Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 8337, a “continuing resolution” to avoid a government shutdown through December 11, 2020.
The measure, which passed the House by a vote of 359-57, would provide for Coast Guard pay and funding for Community Health Centers on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. It also includes a one-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program and provides $8 billion in nutrition assistance for children and families.
“In the midst of this pandemic, the People’s House has remained steadfast in its commitment to avoid a government shutdown that would further hurt Pinellas families,” said Rep. Crist. “I’m proud of our work on the Appropriations Committee to pass all 12 annual government funding bills through committee and pass 10 through the House. Putting government spending on autopilot is not ideal, but this continuing resolution is necessary to prevent another shutdown and keep the government open and working for the people.”