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Republicans Secure Essential Funding for Military & Border Wall

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Washington, December 17, 2019 | comments
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga) issued the following statement after the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2020, H.R. 1158:
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Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga) issued the following statement after the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2020, H.R. 1158:

“Last December, I was asked to go to the White House with a small group of Republicans to discuss border security funding with President Trump. To avoid an end-of-year shutdown, the Senate had voted on a funding CR [continuing resolution] without any funding for border security. At that meeting, I told the President I would not support a funding measure that did not provide for securing the border. I stood with the President then; and, today we are delivering the President an appropriations bill that provides $1.4 billion in additional funding for border security. Although the Democrats have been obsessed with impeaching our president, Republicans have been fighting for the American people, to secure our southern border, protect innocent life, bolster our economy, and ensure our military has the resources and training needed to defend our freedoms. This package is a boost for Georgia, especially the 11th Congressional District and the 4,700 employees of Lockheed, as it includes 98 new F-35's and eight C-130's.

"I look at all funding bills with extreme skepticism, especially those at the end of the year; but the Defense and Homeland Security appropriations package, which I supported, strengthens America in the places we need it most. However; while the second bill, the Labor and HHS funding package, includes some significant reforms and cuts, it still significantly raises deficit spending on programs that should be scaled back; therefore, I could not support it.

"I thank my Republican colleagues in the House and Senate for their tireless work on these important funding provisions.”

Summary

H.R. 1158 is a fiscal year 2020 appropriations package that includes funding for: Defense; Commerce, Justice, and Science; Financial Services and General Government; and Homeland Security programs.

• Provides $1.375 billion in new funding for the border wall
• Provides a 3.1 percent pay raise for members of the military, the largest in a decade; and addresses child care and other quality of life issues critical to supporting our brave service men and women and their families
• Prohibits coverage of abortions in the Federal Employee Health Benefit plan, and bans both federal and local revenues from being used for abortion in our nation’s capital
• Enables growth and development by funding $37.5 billion for Small Business Administration loan programs, providing America's small businesses the opportunity to obtain much needed capital

To read the full summary on H.R. 1158 please, CLICK HERE.
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