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Washington, DC – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of legislation that would fund the National Institutes of Health and reopen our national monuments, including the World War II Memorial:

“We in the House have been working to offer proposals to fund the government in recent weeks. Over that course of time, we have offered several proposals to fund the operations of the government and to embrace fiscal reform in Washington, and the Senate has rejected our every proposal and refuses to even come to the table and negotiate.

“This evening, the House passed legislation that would allow for the funding of the National Institutes of Health during this lapse in government operations. NIH is the largest source of federal research funding at the University of Virginia, in the heart of the Fifth District, providing funding for important work in traumatic brain injury treatment, cancer therapies, and much more. This bill represents another proposal offered by the House to fund the critical operations of the government during this difficult time.

“The Senate and the President have said from day one that they would refuse to negotiate on a simple spending plan for the U.S. government. I call on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to come to the table so that we can work to find agreement on these important issues. I remain committed to working in good faith to find agreement for funding the operations of government as soon as possible.”