Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3354, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018:
Today, the House passed a government funding package which will help grow our economy, provide for a strong national defense, and ensure the safety of the American people here at home. The Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act supports our rural economies by undoing many of the job-killing regulations that defined the Obama-era. It provides our troops with the biggest pay raise they've seen in years while also reining in government waste by calling for a complete audit of the Pentagon, cutting funding to the EPA, and reducing funding for the IRS.
Our appropriations package ensures security on our southern border by fully funding President Trump's request for a wall along the southern border and defends the sanctity of life by stopping taxpayer dollars from being used to fund Planned Parenthood. It also increases resources for local law enforcement agencies and includes funding to help combat the opioid epidemic that has devastated so many American communities. Finally, passage of this package illustrates House Republicans' commitment to governing, marking the first time in almost a decade that the House has passed all twelve annual appropriations bills.