Faso Supports House-Senate Conference Report on Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Funding Bills

Press Release

Date: Sept. 27, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

Congress John Faso (R-Kinderhook) yesterday voted for the conference report to H.R. 6157 -- the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act. The bill passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 361-61 and awaits the President's signature to be enacted into law.

"This package of funding bills contains vital spending that supports our troops, helps our local communities continue to combat the opioid epidemic, and ensures there is more time to develop a long term extension of the Violence Against Women Act programs" said Congressman Faso. "I have been a strong advocate for many of the provisions in this bill including the largest pay raise for our troops in almost a decade, increased funding to rebuild our military readiness capabilities, and more funding for state opioid grants. I am also pleased that spending to provide for our nation's defense has been passed on time for the first time in 10 years which will give our military leaders the certainty they need to fulfill their mission."

Local Impact Includes:

Procurement of 58 UH-60M Black Hawks helicopters.
Ducommun AeroStructures, which employs 240 in Coxsackie, NY manufactures key systems used in Black Hawks. Rep. Faso toured Ducommun in April 2018.
Funding for 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
Sidney, NY-based Amphenol Aerospace is made up of more approximately 1,000 employees and serves as a major supplier of advanced parts. Rep. Faso toured Amphenol in May 2017.
Summary of H.R. 6157. Full text available here.

Department of Defense

$674.4 billion for the Department of Defense
Fully funds the largest pay raise for our troops in 9 years
$243.2 billion in Operations and Maintenance to support readiness programs and to train our forces to counter the threats to our national security
$148 billion to procure additional ships, aircraft, tanks, weapons and other platforms to ensure our troops have the resources they need
Increases funding for research, missile defense, and defense health programs
Enactment of the Conference report would be the first time in 10 years DOD funding is available on-time and not subject to Continuing Resolutions.
Labor-HHS-Ed

$178 billion - $1 billion above FY18 -- for medical research, education, and job training
$90 billion for HHS, of which $39 billion for NIH - $2 billion increase above FY18
Nearly $7 billion to fight the opioid epidemic and funds activities authorized under 21st Century Cures Act
$228 million above FY18 and includes $1.5 billion in state opioid response grants
Nearly $7 billion to fight the opioid epidemic and funds activities authorized under 21st Century Cures Act
Increases funding for special education, Pell Grants, Impact Aid, charter school
Continuing Resolution

Provides a short-term CR until December 7, 2018 for unfinished appropriation bills
Extends the Violence Against Women Act until December 7, 2018
Makes available an additional $8.8 billion for the victims of Hurricane Florence


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