Hartzler and House approve appropriations bill to secure economic certainty needed to create jobs and grow the economy
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has released the following statement regarding House approval of an omnibus Appropriations Bill:
"The Appropriations Bill approved by the House funds vital spending priorities while at the same time reducing discretionary spending to 2008 levels. The bill provides for the common defense and prioritizes spending on national security, transportation, and basic health research. In addition, it takes important steps to rein in government overspending.
This bill keeps the faith with our Armed Forces by:
Meeting the needs of our troops in the field by increasing wartime funding by $5 billion
Providing over $100 million in construction funds for Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, ensuring they receive the materials they need to continue to provide for our national defense
Ensuring wounded military personnel and surviving spouses of the fallen will receive full retirement benefits without any reductions
In addition, this bill brings common-sense reforms to other areas of government including:
Holding the line on ObamaCare, while reducing Secretary Sebelius' $1 billion "slush fund"
Blocking the ATF from implementing any future Fast and Furious type activity
Decreasing funding at the IRS and cutting EPA staffing to 1989 levels
Giving Customs and Border Patrol the staffing and equipment needed to secure our borders
All in all, it allows Congress to move forward with certainty for the next two years, which is necessary to secure the economic stability that is needed to create jobs and grow the economy."
Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Budget, Armed Services, and Agriculture Committees.