House Passes Bipartisan Spending Bill
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.
"The impact of continuing resolutions has been profoundly negative on our military, our ship building industrial base, and my constituents,” said Congressman Scott Taylor. “For years, our military has been asked to do more with less, and the failure by Congress to pass full-year appropriations bills and budgets has been an abdication of their basic duty. Today’s spending agreement, while imperfect, sends a strong message to our men and women in uniform that Congress and the American people fully support them. I am committed to, and will work towards, addressing the costly empty military buildings around the country, evaluating outdated programs, and beginning a serious dialogue about our global footprint. This includes taking a look at the current AUMF. When we are at war, we must provide the resources commensurate to the demanded tasks. Right now our military is long overdue for an injection of funding to support maintenance, readiness, and training. This bill also provides funding for hurricane victims across the United States and its territories to rebuild critical infrastructure and care for those affected, increased spending to tackle the opioid crisis, and money for community health centers. While I am proud to support these initiatives, I also believe our mandatory spending has grown too large for Congress to ignore. The longer we wait the more effect our inaction will have on the next generation."