House Approves Delaney Amendment to Defense Bill to Increase Funding For Fisher House
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney successfully introduced an amendment to the 2018 defense appropriations bill (H.R. 3219) that provides an additional $5 million in funding to the Fisher House Foundation, increasing the total funds appropriated to Fisher House to $10 million. The Fisher House Foundation provides military families with free lodging near Department of Veterans Affairs and military hospitals. The Delaney Amendment was accepted during floor debate on H.R. 3219 Thursday.
Congressman Delaney has fought for more funding for Fisher House each year that he has been in the House of Representatives. The increased support for Fisher House is offset by a reduction in the Operation and Maintenance, Defense Wide account.
“Fisher House ensures that veterans and their families can be together while America’s heroes receive medical care. Before Fisher House, a common sight would be families camping out in the parking lot of hospitals,” said Congressman Delaney. “No family should have to make a choice between their finances and being together and that’s where Fisher House comes in. Fisher House is a beloved institution that’s made a huge difference. I am proud to keep fighting for Fisher House in the federal budget.”
Since 1990, Fisher House has served over 305,000 families. In 2016 alone, Fisher House saved families over $6.7 million, provided over 1,300 families with lodging and distributed over 5,000 airline tickets to bring families together as our brave service members get the treatment they need. There are currently 72 Fisher Houses nationwide.