Barletta Votes for National Security Funding Bill
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) yesterday voted for a national security funding bill that includes $1.6 billion – the full amount requested by the White House – for the southern border wall, fully funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops, and provides the highest level of funding ever for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Make America Secure Appropriations Act (H.R. 3219) passed the House by a vote of 235-192 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
“The primary responsibility of the federal government is to protect our nation and its citizens,” Barletta said. “This funding package shows our commitment to keeping America safe and strong in an increasingly dangerous world. We are helping the president fulfill his promises to the American people by fully funding the White House’s requested amount for the southern border wall, a pay raise for our troops, and a historic increase in funding for programs to take care of our veterans.”
The bill includes the full legislation and funding for four of the 12 annual appropriations bills, including: the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, and the Legislative Branch.
A partial list of victories includes:
Department of Defense
- Fully funds the authorized 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops – the largest military pay increase in 8 years.
- Increases base funding for the Department of Defense by $68.1 billion to continue rebuilding our military.
- Prohibits an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), or the closing of military bases.
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
- Provides $78.3 billion for the VA – the highest level of funding ever and a five percent increase over last year’s funding level.
- Supports medical care for seven million VA patients, including mental health care services, suicide prevention activities, traumatic brain injury treatment, opioid abuse prevention, and homeless veterans’ services.
- Increases funding by 25 percent for the construction of critical military infrastructure.
Energy and Water Development
- Provides $6.16 billion in funding for the Army Corps of Engineers, prioritizing flood and storm damage reduction.Authorizes the Administrator of the Environmental Protection.
- Agency and the Secretary of the Army to withdraw from the flawed Waters of the U.S. rule.
Protecting Our Southern Border
- Provides $1.6 billion to secure our southern border, meeting the full White House funding request.
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