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Thornberry votes in favor of H.R. 5895

Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019

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Thornberry votes in favor of H.R. 5895
Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019

WASHINGTON
- U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted today in support of H.R. 5895, the “Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019,” which includes three of the twelve appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019.  H.R. 5895 passed the House by a vote of 377 to 20.

“This appropriations package provides crucial support to our national security and to our veterans.  Not only does it get elements of our military and the defense nuclear enterprise the resources they need, but it gives it to them on time so they can make good use of it,” Thornberry said.  “Our military and our nation continue to rely on us to get these funding bills to the president.”

Highlights:

The Energy and Water Appropriations bill provides $44.46 billion for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) and provides funding for the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy (DOE), and our nation’s nuclear weapons security programs.

  • Provides $11.1 billion for nuclear weapons activities, which supports operations at Pantex;
  • Includes $24 million for the Material Staging Facility at Pantex, which is the same amount authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); and
  • Gives the Army Corps of Engineers $7 billion for ports, waterways, and flood protection infrastructure.

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill provides $98.1 billion for FY19 to provide care and support for our veterans and their families.  The funding also strengthens oversight and accountability at the Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA).

  • Provides $10.3 billion formilitary constructionto house military families, support our troops, and fund Guard and Reserve construction projects.

  • Provides $86.5 billion forveterans affairsto improve VA programs, medical care, processing, constructions, and the new electronic health record system.

Thornberry also said, “Our military infrastructure is at a crisis point.Veterans struggle to access services, and leaders from both parties have recognized the need for new investment in our nuclear enterprise.  This bill tackles each of these problems.  It should be supported, and then we must ensure that we fully fund all elements of our nation’s security.”

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