Congressman Smith released the following statement after the House passed the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act:

“After the sequester’s painful and mindless cuts to important federal programs, this bill begins to repair some of the damage by providing critical funding for early childhood education and Head Start, and sequester relief for the Department of Defense and other vitally important housing, transportation, and technology programs.  

“This bill is by no means perfect.  It fails to restore unemployment insurance and leaves critical areas such as the National Institutes of Health underfunded, and I will keep working to address the multiple areas where this bill falls short.  However, it was imperative that we took this step forward to provide our government with much needed stability.  By helping to avert a potential government shutdown, I am hopeful this legislation will create more opportunities for Congress to advance policies that expand economic opportunity for all Americans.

“This bill is only the beginning of a long process to get back on track. We need forward-thinking policies that are focused on job creation, growing the economy, and reducing income inequality.  I look forward to continuing to work with all of my colleagues to advance these priorities. “