Congressman Scott Taylor Votes to Support Bipartisan Consolidated Appropriations Act
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. This bill directly effects our district in a positive way.
Congressman Taylor had this to say about the Appropriations Act: “I am happy to see this budget protects our military by providing a 2.1% pay raise for our men and women in uniform, stops massive layoffs by our shipyards, and helps ensure that our fighting forces are more prepared (with monies for training, maintenance, and equipment).
We cannot continue to operate with continuing resolutions, as Congress has done for more than a decade. These drive up costs and reduce our military preparedness; this consolidated appropriations bill is a step in the right direction. While I remain concerned about the trajectory of our spending, I look forward to working on the upcoming budget to prioritize our defense, and use our tax dollars more efficiently and effectively.”