BOSTON—Representative Jeffrey Sánchez (D-Jamaica Plain) issued the following statement relative to the FY17 supplemental budget:
“Today, the House is acting on a FY17 supplemental budget. This is the most transparent and timely way to get a bill into Conference Committee and reach a resolution before October 31st.
“The bill contains elements of both the House and Senate supplemental budgets reflecting progress made in the last few weeks. Notable House priorities include funding for SSYI and a ban on bump stocks in Massachusetts. It is important to note that the money for SSYI is available FY17 revenue. If this money is not spent, it expires once the FY17 books are closed. SSYI programs in many of our communities need this money now and HHS is awaiting action in order to issue contracts.
“Once this bill is in Conference Committee, we can continue the dialogue and pass a final FY17 close out supp. Knowing the Senate is in session today, the House thought it important to get this bill in front of them. We stand ready to appoint a Conference Committee.”