VIDEO: Chairman Yoder Votes for 2017 Funding Bill Boosting Medical Research, Education, & National Defense
Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the 2017 Omnibus Funding Bill as the Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations. The bill passed the House by a vote of 309-118 with Yoder’s support.
Chairman Yoder’s subcommittee is responsible for funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security and police forces, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance. Chairman Yoder’s provisions in the omnibus bill keep spending on the House of Representatives at a level 13 percent below spending before Republicans took control of Congress in 2011.
Following are Rep. Yoder’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight some of the important provisions in the bipartisan omnibus legislation.
“I want to specifically touch on the needed investments in medical research, education, and our soldiers.
“It matches last year's $2 billion increase in research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - the largest increase since 2003 - renewing our commitment to science with a 13% increase in research funding over the last two years.
“It improves access to education by increases funding for the Head Start program and restores year-round Pell Grants.
“It invests $25 billion to rebuild our military for the 21st century and gives our troops the largest pay raise in six years.
“And Mr. Speaker, as Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee I’m proud that our bill continues the 13% cuts in spending on Congress since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2011and denies any pay increase for Members of Congress – showing the American people we are leading by example when it comes to fiscal responsibility.
“I urge my colleagues to support the bill, and I yield back.”
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