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Congressman Kinzinger Votes for Critical Funding Bill

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Washington, March 22, 2018 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) voted in favor of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill. Included in this funding bill are major priorities for the country, Illinois communities, and our military personnel.
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Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) voted in favor of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill. Included in this funding bill are major priorities for the country, Illinois communities, and our military personnel. After the passage of H.R. 1625, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:

“Today, I joined my colleagues in voting for a critical funding bill for FY 2018. One of the most important and basic responsibilities of Congress is to fund the government. We have kicked the can down the road too many times, and this funding bill is the result of months of hard work by the House Appropriations Committee.

“I voted for this omnibus package because it provides funding for the many priorities that our country needs to focus on, and addresses issues that affect my constituents in IL-16. It provides the biggest year-to-year increase in defense funding since the beginning of the War on Terror. We have a military readiness crisis that needs to be resolved. We have the greatest military in the world, and yet year after year, our men and women in uniform are asked to do more with less – less resources, older technology, aging equipment, and smaller paychecks. Our military deserves better and this funding package is critical to honoring the brave sacrifices made every day for our freedom.

“The FY 2018 Omnibus bill also makes the largest investment to date on the opioid epidemic we face in this country. In IL-16, as in many areas across the country, our communities have been plagued by opioid abuse. With targeted funding that will support treatment and prevention, resources will also go to rural America, to our veterans, to opioid addiction research, and to law enforcement efforts in dealing with the many issues associated with the opioid crisis. 

“I’m proud to have voted in favor of this important measure, and to fulfill our promise to the American people. I do, however, have concerns with how we face our budget challenges in Congress. We are spending more that we are bringing in as a country, and our economy is suffering as a result. In December 2017, I introduced H.R. 4713, the Truth in Spending Act. With bipartisan support, this measure places more Congressional control and oversight with regards to federal spending and increases accountability with respect to our direct spending legislation. I remain hopeful that this bill will make it to the floor this year, so that our children and grandchildren are not carrying the burdens of our runaway spending.”

Important measures included in the FY 2018 Omnibus package: 

·         Fights the opioid epidemic with largest investment to date

·         Rebuilds U.S. military and fully funds a 2.4% pay raise for the troops

·         Investment in school safety efforts and mental health training programs

·         Improves the nation’s aging infrastructure through transportation, energy, water, and cyber projects

·         Fixes the ‘grain glitch’ (Sec 199A of the Tax Code) to provide an equitable solution for the agriculture community.

To learn more about the FY 2018 Omnibus bill, visit the House Appropriations Committee website here.

To learn more about the Congressman’s bipartisan legislation, the ‘Truth in Spending Act,’ and to see the list of original cosponsors, visit the Congressman’s website here.

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