VIDEO: House Passes Security Funding Package Including Chairman Yoder’s Legislative Branch Bill
Washington, DC – This evening, the House of Representatives passed the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, a package of funding bills that include the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, and Chairman Kevin Yoder’s (R-KS) Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill. The package provides funding for major security priorities, including border security, nuclear defense systems, veterans, active duty military, and Capitol Police, and passed by a 235-192 vote with Chairman Yoder’s support.
To watch a video of Chairman Yoder's floor remarks in support of the bill, click here.
Yoder’s portion of the bill maintains funding on the House more than 12 percent below 2010 levels and continues the policy of preventing any pay increases for Members of Congress for the eighth fiscal year in a row, funding legislative branch operations at a level $228 million below the President’s request. In response to last month’s shooting at the GOP practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, it makes structural changes that will improve security at the Capitol and at congressional events in Members’ districts.
“We are leading by example by tightening our belts and spending taxpayer dollars wisely, and we are continuing the policy of preventing any pay increases for Members of Congress,” Chairman Yoder said. “At the same time, we’re making sure to provide the US Capitol Police with the resources they need to meet their mission in today's increasingly polarized climate. We provide the necessary resources to enhance security at our constituent events in House districts across the country.”
In addition to Yoder’s provisions, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act includes these other security priorities:
- Largest military pay raise in eight years.
- Largest level of funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs in history.
- Substantial funding increase for the Department of Defense to rebuild our military after nearly a quarter of its budget had been cut over the last eight years.
- Funding for updated equipment and weapons so our military is prepared for the threats of modern warfare and defense.
- Funding for improved military infrastructure.
- Increased funding for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons program.
- Authorization for the EPA to withdraw from the Obama Administration’s disastrous WOTUS Rule.
- Full funding to meet President Trump’s request for a wall along our southern border.