Woodall Brings FY2018 Appropriations Bills to—and through—the House
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 3354, the “Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act,” to fund the federal government through FY2018. After considering more than 450 amendments to the bill, the House passed the legislation, finishing the annual government funding process before the end of the fiscal year for the first time this decade. Seventh District Representative Rob Woodall led the debate to consider the measure, and lauded its final passage.
“For the past two weeks on the House floor we’ve debated amendment after amendment – literally hundreds, we’ve carefully made our way through each of America’s appropriations bills, and I am extremely pleased with the end result,” said Woodall. “We hear a great deal about what’s not getting done in Washington, but the product approved by the House today is a great example of the difficult work that is being done together.”
In remarks from the House floor during debate of the measure, Woodall stated, “This annual appropriations process has been conducted in a more comprehensive fashion this year than in any year in my memory. This year, the Appropriations Committee, beginning its work way back in April, has worked through every single appropriations bill – one by one at the committee level – and we’re seeing the culmination of that effort here on the floor today. Mr. Speaker, it’s been since FY2010 that the House has finished its work before the September 30 fiscal year end. It’s hard to get this done, and it happens because the collaboration that we have is successful.”
Watch the remainder of Rep. Woodall’s remarks below:
Video of Rep. Woodall discussing House FY2018 Appropriations Legislation
If the Senate can follow suit, this year will represent the first time since 1997 that the Congress has fully funded the government before the end of the fiscal year. Not only can this year’s process accomplish that, it has done so in an open and transparent way that included thousands of Member amendment requests submitted to the Appropriations Committee. This success is one part of a growing pattern, often guided by Woodall, to reestablish regular order absent in recent years.
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.