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Washington, D.C. – Early this morning, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan spending bill that extends government funding through March 23rd and reverses the defense sequester. The spending agreement lifts the caps on defense spending through Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and increases total defense funding to $700 billion for FY 18 and matches the President’s request for FY 19. Also included in the bill are increases in non-defense level spending and emergency funding for disasters caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the California wildfires.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Taylor announced his co-sponsorship of H.R. 747, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017, introduced by Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03). This legislation amends the Internal Revenue Code to reform taxation of alcoholic beverages. Additionally, this legislation has received strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill with 247 cosponsors, and has been endorsed by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This legislation reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, which promotes Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs by empowering state and local community leaders, aligning curriculums with in-demand jobs, and increasing transparency and accountability of said programs.
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.
WASHINGTON D.C.- April 4, 2017—Today, Congressmen Scott Taylor(R-VA) and Luis Correa(D-CA) introduced the Homeland Production Security (HOPS) Act.
President Trump’s budget proposal is just that, a proposal; Article 1 Section 9 of the Constitution reserves the power of the purse strings to Congress. While we only have top line numbers from the President, I am happy to see the defense sequester being pushed away, but unhappy to hear funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup has been cut in the budget. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee, the rest of Congress, and the President to ensure completion of our constitutional duty.
WASHINGTON D.C.- March 1, 2017—Congressman Scott Taylor announced his support for the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act, H.R. 998. The SCRUB Act creates a regulatory review commission that will review and provide recommendations as to which regulations to repeal. The SCRUB Act also provides that for each new regulation there must be an equal repeal of an existing regulation implemented.