Esty Calls on Congress to Vote on Puerto Rico Aid Relief, Expiring Federal Programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement as Congress approaches the September 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for several major federal programs:
“With each passing day, Congress is failing its duty to the American people, particularly those in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Republicans and Democrats immediately came together to help the affected communities. Yet, as millions of Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to go without access to basic necessities like food, shelter, and clean water over a week after Hurricane Maria hit, Congress has unfathomably failed refused to take similar action.
“On September 30, funding for programs like the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (Husky A and B in Connecticut) and the Community Health Center Fund will expire, leaving millions of Americans without reliable sources of aid. Our communities are depending on us to find common-sense, long term solutions that fund vital services for our most vulnerable neighbors instead of threatening drastic cuts. Doctors throughout northwest and central Connecticut understand the devastation that cuts to CHIP will have on the children and families who rely on the program for affordable and quality healthcare. Preventive care is absolutely critical to keep down long term costs and help Connecticut families to stay healthy and productive.
“I am calling on my colleagues to come together to find a bipartisan approach that fully funds these programs and assists all Americans to keep our country moving forward.”
In addition to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and Community Health Center Fund, additional federal programs set to expire include the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education programs, and the National Health Service Corp.