Walorski Statement on FY2017 Funding Bill

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Walorski Statement on FY2017 Funding Bill

Legislation Boosts Military Resources, Raises Troop Pay, Prevents Shutdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after voting for the fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill:

“This fiscally responsible bill makes America safer with critical investments in rebuilding our depleted military, and it ends the arbitrary Obama-era practice of matching increases in defense spending with increases in non-defense spending. We are putting our national security first by providing the resources our military needs to defeat any enemy and giving our troops their largest pay raise in six years.

“This legislation also supports new border security improvements, provides resources for state and local efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, prevents new spending on Obamacare, and maintains important pro-life protections to prevent taxpayer funding for abortion.

“I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump and my colleagues to roll back the bureaucratic overreach of the Obama administration, restore fiscal sanity to Washington, and pass pro-growth tax reform that will jumpstart our economy.”

BACKGROUND

H.R. 244, the FY2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, funds the government through September 2017. The bill passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 309 to 118 and now heads to the Senate. President Trump has said he will sign the legislation when it reaches his desk.

Bill Highlights:

  • Boosts investment in military readiness by $25 billion for the full fiscal year.
  • Funds the largest pay raise for troops in six years.
  • Continues to block funding for Gitmo detainees to be released or transferred to U.S. soil.
  • Maintains pro-life protections, including the Hyde Amendment, and prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion.
  • Improves border security with additional $1.5 billion in funding.
  • Provides resources to fight against the opioid epidemic.
  • Defunds the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel of unelected bureaucrats created by Obamacare that would make health care decisions for seniors.
  • Prevents bailouts of insurance companies under Obamacare’s risk corridor program.
  • Fully funds the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million to protect our nation’s most precious natural resource.
  • Reforms the federal bureaucracy by ending or consolidating more than 150 programs.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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