Press Release

Government Funding Bill Passes House

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Washington, May 2, 2017 | comments

Washington– Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement Wednesday upon passage of H.R. 244, The Consolidated Appropriations Act:

“This funding bill keeps our government open and running through FY2017, which is a win for our country. It increases military spending, taking a step towards rebuilding the strength and readiness of our military. Border security is also a priority in this legislation, which includes an additional $1.5 billion for critical infrastructure, innovative technology, and agents at the border. H.R. 244 is a strong, pro-life bill. It does not include any funding directed to Planned Parenthood, and National Right to Life has come out in support of this bill.

“The Environmental Protection Agency’s budget and staffing levels have been cut down to pre-Obama levels. There is no new money for Obamacare in this legislation. It includes provisions to protect the 2nd Amendment, and it freezes funding for the Internal Revenue Service below the 2008 level.

“Like all legislation, this bill is not perfect. But President Trump and Speaker Ryan have delivered a starting point for fundamentally reforming the way we allocate government spending. Coupled with Republican decision makers in the Administration and Agencies in charge of implementation, we will continue to promote the conservative principles our country needs. I look forward to seeing this bill signed into law, and getting to work on the FY2018 budget and appropriations process to continue moving in the right direction.”


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