Congressman Rick W. Allen (R-GA-12) voted in support of the bipartisan funding bill that passed the House of Representatives today:
“The people of Georgia’s 12th district expect me to vote in their best interest, and today I believe I have done that. While this bill is far from perfect, I believe we must support President Trump and his priorities. We must continue to strengthen the security of our homeland, and this bill includes the largest increase in border security in ten years. It also provides increased defense spending, including nearly one billion dollars for cyber operations, like those in our district at Fort Gordon. Moving forward, I am hopeful that our unified Republican government can return to regular order as we begin the budget process for next year.”
In Georgia, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017:
- Fully supports cyber operations, including those at Fort Gordon, by providing $6.7 billion for Department of Defense cyber operations, an increase of $992 million.
- Includes $42.7 million for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.
- Provides a 2.1 percent pay raise for the more than 100,000 active duty service members stationed in Georgia.
- Provides funding for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Activities, including $335 million in funding to help fulfill the international commitment by the U.S. to operate a Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility to dispose of surplus plutonium at the Savannah River Site.
- Includes $2.89 billion for Agriculture research, including the Agriculture & Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which funds important research programs at the University of Georgia.
For all Americans, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017:
- Protects life by renewing the Hyde amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortions. It also prohibits the District of Columbia from using federal funds for abortion and does NOT include any specific funding for Planned Parenthood.
- Increases defense funding by $25.7 billion over fiscal year 2016’s budget.
- Provides $8.2 billion for emergency and disaster funding, including funds that will be used to help recover from storms in South Georgia.
- Includes provisions protecting 2nd Amendment rights.
- Does NOT provide any new funding for Obamacare.