Troops, Border Security, and Georgia Port Among Winners in Government Funding Bill
(Washington, DC) – This week, Congress approved – and the President signed into law – H.R. 244, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act,” which funds the government through September 2017 and invests an additional $25 billion in our nation's armed forces, including the largest pay raise for troops in six years. Also on the list of priorities advanced through the bill is $42.7 million in funding for the ongoing Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP), the largest increase in border security funding in a decade - $12.2 billion – and funding for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which shifts school control and accountability back to states and communities. U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07) voted in favor of the measure.
“We took several very important steps in this bill, and I believe it makes America stronger and safer while we continue the work that is in front of us,” said Rep. Woodall. “For far too long, our military men and women – not to mention their families – have carried the brunt of limited resources with increased expectations. Ensuring that they have what is needed to keep the rest of us safe shouldn’t be a domestic policy political tool, and this bill achieves that goal.”
The commitment to national security doesn’t stop there, however, and it’s important to note that over $12 billion will be assigned to Customs and Border Protection – a $911 million increase from last year – for added personnel, increased technological monitoring capabilities, and construction of border barriers.
“Whether we’re talking about new and improved bollard fencing – what many consider to be the optimal structure for these purposes – or additional border patrol agents, or increased technology, this bill moves the ball forward significantly on our commitment to securing the border,” Woodall added.
With added defense spending, investments in border security, and education reform being at the top of the list of priorities for the Administration, H.R. 244 advances multiple conservative policies including IRS reform, commonsense EPA reforms, program consolidation, and continued prohibition of federally funded abortions.
“It’s always important to remember that the work is never done simply because one bill is passed,” Woodall concluded. “There is more to do and always improvements that can be made, but this bill delivers on the commitment to rebuild our military, secure our borders, protect innocent life, and much more, and it positions us to make even more progress going forward.”
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.