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Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a three-bill Appropriations "minibus" funding bill, agreed upon by the joint House and Senate Conference Committee. The package of bills includes funding for the Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2019.
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.
Today Rep. Scott Taylor announced that as long as the government remained shutdown he will donate his daily salary to military and veterans' charities.
Rep. Taylor stated: "I refuse to accept any pay when our military, first responders, and other people in our district are facing uncertainty for themselves and their families. I have voted to fund our government and our military and implore the senate to do the same. That is why I will be donating my pay to military and veterans' charities until we fund our government."
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 in accordance with the House and Senate Conference Report. Previous versions of the bill were passed in the House and Senate earlier this year with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill authorizes funds for base budget requirements of $626 billion and $66 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund, including $8 billion for other defense activities.
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.