WASHINGTON- U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted yesterday in support of H.R. 3219, “Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018,” which passed the House by vote of 235-192.This Act includes four individual appropriations bills - Defense, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs, as well as funding for tighter border security.
“It is the first responsibility of the federal government to make sure that Americans are safe,” said Thornberry. “This Act is another good step in making sure that our military is supported and prepared, our Capitol police officers are fully funded, our veterans are taken care of, and that our country is secure.”
National Security –Funds Department of Defense (DOD) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at levels consistent with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA), passed by the House on July 14.
Energy and Water -Allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and restricts the application of the Clean Water Act in certain agricultural areas.
Legislative Branch- Funds the Capitol police at $422.5 million, $29.2 million above FY 2017.
Veterans Affairs- Provides $182.3 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, $5.3 billion above FY 2017.
Border Security –Includes funding, planning, and management for the improvement of our border security.