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Rep. Loudermilk Supports Measures to Fully Fund Our Military and Secure Our Borders

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Washington, July 28, 2017 | comments
Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement after voting for the Make America Secure Appropriations Act to fund our military and secure our borders:

“The predominant responsibility of the federal government is our national defense; however, the drastic cuts made to our armed forces over the past several years has severely impacted the readiness of the men and women in uniform, and their equipment. The Make America Secure Appropriations Act restores critical funding to our military and gives a well-deserved pay raise to our troops. The bill also includes funding to secure our southern border and resources to implement major reforms to the Veterans Administration to improve services for our veterans.”

Background
 
This bill combines four appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018, and an amendment to fully fund the border wall:
 
H.R. 3219- Department of Defense Appropriations
  • $68.1 billion above the FY17 enacted level to continue rebuilding our military
  • Supports the National Defense Authorization Act’s requests to rebuild our military, pay our troops, and restore readiness
  • Gives our troops a 2.4% pay raise
 
H.R. 3162- Legislative Branch Appropriations
  • Maintains pay freeze for members of Congress
  • Capitol Police funding is increased by $29.2 million
 
H.R. 2998- Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations
  • Includes a total of $88.8 billion, which is $6 billion above the FY17 enacted level
  • Provides funds for housing, education facilities, and medical facilities for our military and funds the Guard, Reserve, and the NATO Security Investment Program (NSIP), VA Medical care 
  • Provides funding for digital scanning for disability claims
  • Keeps Guantanamo open and prohibits funding for transferring detainees
 
H.R.3266- Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations
  • Provides $13.9 billion (an increase of $976 million) for DOE’s nuclear weapons security programs
  • Includes language to block enforcement of the abusive Waters of the U.S. Rule, and re-asserts private property rights for members of our agricultural community by reigning back the regulatory overreach of the Clean Water Act
 
Border Security/Wall Funding
  • Funds the President’s request of $1.57 billion to build a wall on the southern U.S. border 
 
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