Delaney Secures Fisher House Funding With Passage of Spending Bill
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 361 to 61 the bipartisan, bicameral Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6157 – Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019. This package appropriates necessary Fiscal Year 2019 funding for these agencies, as well as temporary funding through December 7 for all other government agencies that were not included in earlier spending packages passed by Congress.
As part of this legislation, Congress provides $10 million in 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. Since joining the House in 2013, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has championed Fisher House and its mission, leading the effort to raise annual funding from its initial level of $4 million.
“I’ve spoken time and time again how highly I value The Fisher House Foundation,” said Congressman Delaney. “I was proud to lead the fight to them get more resources and will continue to wholeheartedly support their mission. This additional funding will allow Fisher House to help more families and that’s something both Republicans and Democrats have united behind.”
In June, the House approved the bipartisan amendment authored by Congressman Delaney that increased Fisher House funding from $5 million to $10 million. The Delaney amendment passed by voice vote and 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 had introduced a version of this amendment every year since 2013.
Fisher House Background
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. On any given night, up to one thousand families are staying in one of the 76 Fisher Houses in districts all across the country. Fisher House has a four star (out of four) rating from Charity Navigator and an A+ rating from Charity Watch, and the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. The Fisher House Foundation builds new houses, assists in the coordination of support for the homes, and donates them to the United States government. There are currently 76 Fisher Houses located on 24 military installations and 32 VA medical centers, with eight more currently under construction and locations identified for 20 more houses in the future.