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Hudson Supports Conservative Priorities in Appropriations

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September 14, 2017
 
Hudson Supports Conservative Priorities in Appropriations
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement after the House passed the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018 (H.R. 3354):
 
“Just as important as getting spending bills done on time and in regular order is what we accomplish – and this package delivers with several conservative wins. It prioritizes tax dollars to improve care for veterans, gives our troops a well-deserved pay raise, reins in job-killing regulations and funds the wall along our southern border. There is much more work to do to get our spending under control, but this is a good start. It’s now up to the Senate to hammer out their appropriations bills so we can achieve our promise of cutting spending and getting our country back on track.”
 
This is the first time in nearly a decade that the House has passed all 12 appropriation bills on time. This package, including the four appropriations bills passed in July, includes a number of conservative wins, as well as Rep. Hudson’s priorities to rein in the federal bureaucracy, support our military, strengthen border security and prioritize veteran care. Specifically, this legislation:
 
  • Fully funds President Donald Trump’s FY18 $1.6 B request for a wall along our southern border.
  • Boosts base funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) by $68.1 B above FY17 enacted levels to continue rebuilding our military.
  • Targets resources in the DOD to requirements identified by our military leaders–higher troop levels, readiness efforts, infrastructure, equipment modernization, and the development of new military capabilities.
  • Fully funds the authorized 2.4% pay raise for our troops–the largest military pay increase in 8 years.
  • Provides the highest level of funding ever for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - $78.3 B, an increase of $3.9 B above FY17.
  • Protects the sanctity of life here at home by defunding Planned Parenthood and enforcing the Mexico City Policy.
  • Authorizes the EPA to withdraw from the Obama administration’s harmful Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
  • Cuts funding for the EPA by $534 million below FY17 levels.
  • Prevents any funds to be used to further implement Obamacare rules.
  • Reforms the IRS and holds its funding to below FY08 levels.
  • Maintains longstanding provisions to prohibit the closure of the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay and prohibits funding for any facility within the U.S. to house detainees.
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