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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives, with the support of Congressman Taylor, voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. The NDAA authorizes funding to equip, supply, and train troops, and provide for military families. Included in the bill was an amendment offered by Representative Taylor.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Scott Taylor voiced his support for three veteran-related bills before the House floor, today. H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, would require that each director of a VA medical center must certify compliance with the scheduling directive, prohibit VA medical center leaders from receiving awards or bonuses if their facility fails to certify compliance, and require the VA ensure that directives and policies apply to each VA office or facility, uniformly. H.R.
On behalf of the great people of Virginia and around the United States, our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the people of Great Britain. We know from news reports and British sources that the time and location of the terror attack were deliberately chosen to inflict maximum carnage on the attendees, many of whom were women and children. While one worthless coward perpetrator is paying for his sins in front of his creator, any leads must be relentlessly pursued to bring any potential others to justice.
Washinton, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Taylor voted in support of H.R. 2169, the Improving Fusion Centers’ Access to Information Act. This legislation requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to identify gaps in information sharing among fusion centers and coordinate with the appropriate Federal agency to deploy provide access to these systems.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Taylor voted in support of H.R. 1616, the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017. This legislation amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) within the Department of Homeland Security to be maintained by the U.S. Secret Service. The NCFI is responsible for disseminating homeland security information related to cyber and electronic crime, including threats or acts of terrorism, to educate, train, and equip state, local, and tribal law enforcement.
I urge Attorney General Sessions to rethink his current stance. It’s been proven that the entire “Tough on Crime” use of mandatory minimums for nonviolent offenses does not work. New techniques and policy surrounding prevention and recidivism reduction has shown to be effective. We have also seen a greater return on federal and state investment in strategies to reduce recidivism and increase public safety, as well as to reduce corrections cost for state and local governments. Further, we are hurting our minority populations in a disproportionate manner.
Leaders must act. Obamacare is failing. We cannot stand by and idly watch as out of pocket costs for millions of Americans and their families skyrocket and insurers pull out of individual markets in our states (Aetna announced a pull out of Virginia yesterday and United the week before). While we are far from a final piece of legislation, today we advanced the vessel that will rid us of D.C. mandated healthcare and we moved towards more patient focus. Everyday Americans are flushing money down the toilet in the biggest taxing scheme in the history of our nation.
WASHINGTON D.C.- May 3, 2017—Today, Congressman Scott Taylor supported the bipartisan FY17 Consolidated Appropriations Act to fund the government through the end of September, averting a shutdown. The appropriations bill includes priorities of the Congressman, such as an increase from FY16 of $25.7 billion dollars for defense spending, funding for NASA including launches at Wallops facility, an additional $1.5 billion for border protection (the most in a decade), the largest military pay raise in 6 years, and sustained funding for Chesapeake Bay programs.
The American taxpayers were forced to lend over $180 billion to save Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since the financial crisis hit in 2008. Although they have been placed under the conservatorship of the federal government, taxpayers still bear all the financial risk. It is imperative the American people have transparency via the right to submit requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to see what the government has been doing over the past eight years to protect their financial wellbeing.
As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I will fight to ensure that Congress does its job by keeping the government open. I support a full year appropriations bill for the remainder of FY17, as this would allow for an increase in defense spending while ensuring that vital government services aren’t shut down for the American taxpayers. Congress has been enacting continuing resolutions for years now. This hurts, among other things, multi-year defense projects, thus reducing predictability and driving up costs in the long term. An omnibus bill is much preferable.