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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney: Spending Bill Far From Perfect, But a Start

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Washington, DC, May 3, 2017 | comments

Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R—NY) released the following statement on the Omnibus Spending Bill:

“The omnibus spending bill, and the process behind it, are far from perfect, however, it begins the process of reeling in wasteful, out-of-control government spending and reducing our national debt. It is also important to stand with President Trump and support his efforts to push our conservative agenda forward, even if incrementally, over the objections of Washington liberals.  Although there are a number of items I disagree with in this bill, I am pleased to see that spending increases are offset with spending cuts.  It also includes increases in defense spending, increased border security and law enforcement funding, resources to fight the opioid epidemic and ensures that the United Mine Workers of America, whose members include employees of Remington Arms, receive their health benefits.

For the Mohawk Valley, this bill includes a 4 percent increase in funding for Rome Lab, which will allow the installation to grow its groundbreaking research and development. In the Southern Tier, the bill provides full funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, components of which are produced in Owego. I am also pleased to have fought for the continued funding of the Community Development Block Grant program, a vitally important resource for our rural communities and small metro areas, especially Utica, Rome and Binghamton. The bill also includes full funding for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to support vital dredging operations in ports around the country, including Oswego.

As an advocate for limited government, it is among my top priorities to ensure that any spending bill Congress brings to the floor is fiscally responsible and reduces our deficit. Going forward, Congress must stop kicking the can down the road and work together create a more open and transparent process that balances the budget and creates an efficient government that is accountable to the American people,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.

Security

  • $25 billion increase in defense spending, giving our troops the first pay raise in six years
  • $1.5 billion in enhanced border security$73.7 billion for military research and development
  • $76.6 billion to begin rebuilding our military
  • $132.3 billion for military personnel

Agriculture and Rural Development:

  • $20.88 billion in funding to assist our farmers and rural communities
  • $2.89 billion to support agricultural research
  • $1.25 billion for rural water waste programs

Health

  • $31.4 billion for National Institutes of Health (NIH) spending
  • Additional $650 million to combat the opioid epidemic, fully funds CARA
  • Increases rural health spending by $6 million
  • Retains all pro-life protections

Foreign Relations

  • $1.6 billion for USAID to provide assistance, stability and development to volatile regions
  • $990 million to support humanitarian assistance including famine prevention

Shrinking the size of Government

  • $218 million cut to Legislative Branch Spending
  • 13% reduction in House funding
  • $544.5 million for oversight of spending and government through the Government Accountability Office
  • Requires the State Department to alert Congress if they provide assistance to foreign governments that accept Guantanamo detainees
  • Cuts Department of House and Urban Development funding for salaries and expenses by $5 million
  • Enhances Congressional Oversight over the EPA, cuts $81.4 million from EPA spending

Transportation, Infrastructure, Housing

  • Continues funding for Section 8 Housing and public housing assistance
  • $502 million for Housing for the Elderly
  • $146 million for Housing for Persons with Disabilities

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