House Passes Make America Secure Appropriations Act
Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) released the following statement following House passage last Thursday of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act (H.R. 3219), which is the fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill for Defense, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs.
“The Make America Secure Appropriations Act prioritizes national security and secures our border. This legislation provides a total of $658.1 billion for the Department of Defense, including critical resources to defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups. Additionally, this bill provides a 2.4% pay raise for our troops, which is the largest pay raise for our military in 8 years, and provides the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an increase of 5.3% as well as greater oversight and accountability at the VA. In addition to important defense funding, this legislation will also help strengthen our waterways and infrastructure, providing important funding for the Army Corps of Engineers and for flood and storm damage reduction. The Make America Secure Appropriations Act also provides $9.6 billion for Energy Programs within the Department of Energy, which includes the National Laboratory System; including Brookhaven National Lab. With House passage, the Senate must now take up this bill without delay. I look forward to continuing to work across the aisle with the President and my colleagues in Congress on this and so many other important priorities to better our community, state and nation.”