Delaney Amendment to Increase Funding for Fisher House Added to Defense Bill

Jun 27, 2018
Press Release

Delaney Amendment to Increase Funding for Fisher House Added to Defense Bill
Bipartisan Delaney amendment doubles federal support for Fisher House

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has approved a measure by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) to increase federal funding for The Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit that builds houses to provide free temporary lodging near hospitals so military and veteran families can be close to their loved ones while they seek medical treatment. The increased funding comes via a bipartisan amendment authored by Congressman Delaney to the fiscal year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations bill. The Delaney amendment passed by voice vote during floor debate Wednesday. The amendment was cosponsored by Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Rep. Don Young (AK – AL), Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2), Rep. Darren Soto (FL-9) and Rep. Peter Welch (VT – AL).

Congressman Delaney’s amendment doubles federal support for Fisher House, increasing funding from $5 to $10 million. This increased funding is fully offset by a decrease in the Operation and Maintenance, Defense Wide account.

“My amendment will help more military and veteran families be together while their loved ones receive care and I think that’s something we can all agree on,” said Congressman Delaney. “Fisher House does amazing work and is truly beloved across the country and they’ve also been a very good partner with the federal government for a long time. Unfortunately, there is a growing need for their services and we should increase our support for what they do. I’d like to thank our bipartisan group of cosponsors for their support for this amendment.”

Congressman Delaney has introduced a version of this amendment every year since 2013.

Founded in 1990, Fisher House has served over 335,000 families, provided over eight million days of lodging and saved military families more than $407 million in out-of-pocket expenses. Fisher House has a four star (out of four) rating from Charity Navigator and an A+ rating from Charity Watch and has been awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. There are currently 76 Fisher Houses located on 24 military installations and 32 VA medical centers. The Fisher House Foundation builds new houses and assists in the coordination of support for the homes and donates these homes to the United States government.