Handel Votes for Two-Year Community Health Center Reauthorization, Critical Defense Funding

February 9, 2018 \\ Press Release
Agreement was signed into law by the President this morning

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Karen Handel early this morning voted in support of H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act. The bill passed the House by a vote of 240-186, and was signed by the President a few hours later.

“This morning, Congress came to a bipartisan agreement to give the military the support that has long been requested by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis,” Rep. Handel said. “Critically, the bill also provides funding for community health centers and expands investments to combat the opioid crisis."

There are 281 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Georgia, and 2 in the Sixth District. These entities encompass all community health centers, public housing centers, and programs serving the homeless, among others.

"Community health centers increase access to healthcare, improve patient outcomes, and are uniquely positioned to spread the benefits of community-based and patient centered care. I was proud to cast the second vote this week to extend CHC funding for the next two years," Rep. Handel said.