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House Passes Omnibus Spending Package

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Washington, March 22, 2018 | comments

House Passes Omnibus Spending Package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Mac Thornbery (R-Clarendon) voted today in support of H.R. 1625, the "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018."

“While I do not agree with everything in the bill, the importance of repairing our planes, ships, and training overrides other concerns,” Thornberry said. “Still defense spending is only about 16% of the total federal budget.”

The omnibus spending bill includes funding the military at the level authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed by the President in December.

Key Highlights

  • Maintains a producer tax benefit under Section 199A and brings parity to farmers that sell directly to co-ops or private businesses;
  • Exempts livestock producers from onerous and unnecessary emissions reporting requirements;
  • Grants livestock haulers an exemption from the Electronic Device Logging mandates until September 30, 2018;
  • Fully funds a gradient boundary survey on the contested 116-mile stretch of the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas;
  • Provides $1.6 billion for border security, including money for fencing and levees at the U.S.-Mexico border;
  • Increases funding to address the opioid epidemic by $3 billion;
  • Includes funds for election security for counter-intelligence efforts against Russian cyberattacks;
  • Invests $21 billion to expand and rebuild America’s aging infrastructure, including rural broadband, community development, and VA medical facilities;
  • Strengthens existing national instant background check system for gun purchases; and
  • Reauthorizes a package of existing school safety programs.

Thornberry also said, “Congress’ work does not end when we write a check. In the months ahead, we will ensure that the military uses these funds to begin to rebuild quickly and efficiently. We will pursue reforms to the Department of Defense that preserve and enhance our fighting edge. We will continue to take a hard look at Pentagon bureaucracy as we prioritize rebuilding strength on the front line and cutting fat in the back office.”

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