Appropriations

Committee on Appropriations

Rodney Frelinghuysen

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

2017/06/23

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Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

2017/06/23

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Fiscal Year 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Released

2017/06/22

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow.  The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security and police forces, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.

The total included for the House and joint operations, excluding Senate-only items, is $3.58 billion. This is $100 million above the fiscal year 2017 level and $228 million below the President’s request. Additional funding is included to increase security for Members of Congress, staff, and their constituents in the wake of the shooting at the Congressional baseball team practice this month. The legislation also includes a provision to freeze the pay of Members of Congress, preventing any pay increases in fiscal year 2018. A freeze on the salaries of representatives has been in place since 2010.

“As we all saw last week, the security of the men and women that serve our nation in Congress is at increased risk.  We are indeed lucky, and owe an immense debt of gratitude to the Capitol Police, that a larger tragedy did not occur. This legislation helps to make strides to improve the safety of all – Members of Congress, staff, the Capitol Police, and anyone that works for and visits this great institution,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “At the same time, it also includes the necessary resources to keep Congress open for business, fully functioning, and accessible to all, ensuring the best possible service to the people of this nation.”

Congressman Kevin Yoder, Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, also commented on the bill.

“Crystal Griner and David Bailey’s heroism showed the country and the world what Members of Congress see every day – the bravery of the United States Capitol Police as they put their lives on the line protecting the Capitol Complex and its roughly nine million visitors every year. We owe it to them to ensure they have the necessary resources to meet their mission in an increasingly polarized climate. After additional meetings with Chief Verderosa, I believe this bill appropriately prioritizes those needs, in addition to provisions that will ensure Members can enhance their constituents' safety at events in their districts,” Chairman Yoder said. “Our bill also continues the principle of Congress leading by example by maintaining funding on the House well below 2010 levels and continues the pay freeze on Members of Congress in place since Republicans gained the majority. I appreciate Chairman Frelinghuysen’s leadership and look forward to the bill’s passage.”

Bill Summary:

House Operations  The bill contains $1.194 billion to fund the operations of the House – an increase of $5 million above fiscal year 2017. This account provides funding for Members’ Representational Allowances (MRAs), leadership, committees, and Officers of the House. This additional funding will enhance security for Members when they are away from the Capitol complex.  Funding is provided for additional cybersecurity enhancements as well as contract support. 

Member Pay Freeze – The legislation freezes pay for Members of Congress, preventing any pay increases in fiscal year 2018.

Capitol Police  The bill funds the Capitol Police at $422.5 million, an increase of $29.2 million above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level. This will fund critical safety and enhanced security functions for all Members, staff, and visitors of the Capitol Complex, and maintain public access to the Capitol and its office buildings.

Increased funding is included to address concerns related to security and protection traumatic shooting earlier this month. This includes $7.5 million to enhance protection for increased training, equipment and technology-related support items. 

Architect of the Capitol (AoC) – The legislation provides $577.8 million for the AoC, which is $48.4 million above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level. The increase in funds is directed to essential health and safety improvements to aging or damaged facilities to protect Members, staff, and visitors. The legislation will allow the AoC to prioritize essential projects that promote the safety and health of those who visit and work in the Capitol Complex, and address deferred maintenance projects. This includes $62 million for the continuation of the restoration and renovation of the Cannon House Office Building, $31 million for the continuation of the Rayburn House Office Building Garage Rehabilitation project and $10 million for the House Historic Buildings Revitalization Fund.

Library of Congress – The legislation provides $648 million for the Library of Congress, an increase of $16 million above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level. This increase will allow for information technology modernization within the Library, the Copyright Office, and the Congressional Research Service (CRS).  Language is included to allow public access to all non-confidential CRS reports.

Government Accountability Office (GAO)  The bill contains $568 million in funding for the GAO, $450 thousand above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level, to continue GAO’s critical oversight work providing Congress with accurate, nonpartisan reporting of federal programs and tracking of how taxpayer dollars are spent.

Government Publishing Office (GPO) – The legislation includes $117 million for GPO, the same as the fiscal year 2017 enacted level.

Open World Leadership Center (OWLC) – The bill includes $5.6 million for the Center, the same as the fiscal year 2017 enacted level.

For the complete text of the subcommittee draft of the FY 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, please visit:

http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP24/20170623/106178/BILLS-115-SC-AP-FY2018-LegBranch.pdf

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Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill

2017/06/21

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Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

2017/06/20

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United Nations and International Organizations – Budget Hearing

2017/06/20


Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Legislation

2017/06/15

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill on a voice vote. The legislation meets the goals outlined by the White House to rebuild the military, providing funding to house, train, and equip military personnel, for housing and services to military families, and to help maintain base infrastructure. The bill also funds veterans’ benefits and programs.

In total, the legislation provides $88.8 billion in discretionary funding – $6 billion above the fiscal year 2017 level. This includes $638 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, which includes funding for European Reassurance Initiative projects.

Within this total, funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs is increased by $4 billion – 5 percent –  over the fiscal year 2017 level, including funding to increase access to services for veterans, and to increase oversight and accountability within the department. This includes the advance funding provided for veterans in the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill.

Military construction is increased by $2.1 billion – 25 percent over the fiscal year 2017 level – to provide the necessary resources to continue to rebuild our military, to prepare our service members to be to face existing and emerging threats, and to care for military families.   

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“Ensuring that the proper resources are available to rebuild our military is an essential priority of Republicans in Congress and the White House, and is key to conducting successful missions and keeping our nation secure. Our servicemen and women must have the tools to do their jobs, and also the peace of mind that their needs and the needs of their families are being taken care of here at home and around the world. Just as importantly, our veterans – who have sacrificed so much to protect our way of life – deserve the full health services and benefits they have earned,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said.

“This legislation includes the funding and policies necessary to deliver on our promises to our military and our veterans. It also includes strong oversight measures to assure that tax dollars are being used wisely and to stop waste and abuse in its tracks, so that our troops and veterans get the most benefit of every cent,” Chairman Frelinghuysen continued.

Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Charlie Dent also commented on his bill:

“This bill demonstrates the strong support that my colleagues and I have for the brave men and women who have endured hardships and sacrifices through their service to our great nation. The bill includes significant resources to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to those who are treated through the Department of Veterans Affairs to meet the quality of life needs of those currently serving, and to enhance our readiness and defensive posture around the world. By incorporating feedback from those who represent communities all across the country and maintaining an emphasis on our veterans and military families, I am confident that this legislation will bring about positive results for our national heroes. This bill will allow us to keep the promises made to those who have served while simultaneously ensuring further accountability and oversight for taxpayer dollars,” Chairman Dent said.

Chairman Frelinghuysen also expressed the deep sympathies on behalf of himself and the Committee to the victims of yesterday’s shooting at the GOP practice for the Congressional baseball game.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by the sad and traumatic event yesterday. We offer our sincere prayers for Mr. Scalise, Zack Barth, Matt Mika, Special Agent David Bailey, Special Agent Krystal Griner, and their families. We also commend the extremely heroic acts of the U.S. Capitol Police, who put their lives on the line time after time to protect all of us, and who saved the lives of many yesterday.”

The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:

Rep. Dent – The manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Wasserman Shultz – The amendment inserts language to the bill that a federal hiring freeze shall not apply to the Veterans Crisis Line employees. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.


For a bill summary, please click here.

For the draft text of the bill, please click here.

For the draft bill report, please click here.

 

 

 

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Full Committee Markup: Military Construction & VA, and Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations

2017/06/13

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Office of Management and Budget – Budget Hearing

2017/06/13


Department of Energy – Budget Hearing

2017/06/13


Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Legislation

2017/06/11

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation meets the goals outlined by the White House to rebuild the military, providing funding to house, train, and equip military personnel, provide housing and services to military families, and help maintain base infrastructure. The bill also funds veterans’ benefits and programs.

In total, the legislation provides $88.8 billion in discretionary funding – $6 billion above the fiscal year 2017 level. This includes $638 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, which includes funding for European Reassurance Initiative projects.

Within this total, funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs is increased by $4 billion – 5 percent –  over the fiscal year 2017 level, including funding to increase access to services for veterans, and to increase oversight and accountability within the department. This includes the advance funding provided for veterans in the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill.

Military construction is increased by $2.1 billion – 25 percent over the fiscal year 2017 level – to provide the necessary resources to continue to rebuild our military, to prepare our service members to be to face existing and emerging threats, and to care for military families.   

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“Ensuring that the proper resources are available to rebuild our military is an essential priority of Republicans in Congress and the White House, and is key to conducting successful missions and keeping our nation secure. Our servicemen and servicewomen need the tools to do their jobs, and also need the peace of mind that their needs and the needs of their families are being taken care of here at home and around the world. Just as importantly, our veterans – who have sacrificed so much to protect our way of life – deserve the full health services and benefits they have earned,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said.

“This legislation includes the funding and policies necessary to deliver on our promises to our military and our veterans. It also includes strong oversight measures to assure that tax dollars are being used wisely and to stop waste and abuse in its tracks, so that our troops and vets get the most benefit of every cent,” Chairman Frelinghuysen continued.

Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Charlie Dent also commented on his bill:

“This bill demonstrates the strong support that my colleagues and I have for the brave men and women who have endured hardships and sacrifices through their service to our great nation. The bill includes significant resources to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to those who are treated through the Department of Veterans Affairs to meet the quality of life needs of those currently serving, and to enhance our readiness and defensive posture around the world. By incorporating feedback from those who represent communities all across the country and maintaining an emphasis on our veterans and military families, I am confident that this legislation will bring about positive results for our national heroes. This bill will allow us to keep the promises made to those who have served while simultaneously ensuring further accountability and oversight for taxpayer dollars,” Chairman Dent said.

Bill Highlights:

The bill totals $88.8 billion – $6 billion above the fiscal year 2017 level and $573 million below the President’s budget request. This includes $638 million in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding.

Oversight and Accountability – The legislation strengthens oversight and accountability at the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used to fully benefit our service members and our veterans. Several provisions are included to keep these agencies on track and to address problems that have wasted money and hurt critical services. 

Some of these oversight provisions include: requiring rigorous reporting on the status of VA claims processing, requiring large construction projects to be managed outside of the VA, limiting transfers between construction projects, limiting changes in the scope of construction projects, restricting certain spending actions without notification to Congress, and fencing funding for the electronic health record until VA meets extensive data requirements. 

The bill also includes funding for new oversight offices in VA, as requested, to protect whistleblowers and provide increased accountability through investigation of poorly-performing managers and instances of inferior patient care. These offices will support the Secretary’s new authority to fire or demote poorly performing employees and to recoup pay, benefits and awards in cases of malfeasance.

Military Construction – The bill provides a total of $10.2 billion for military construction projects – an increase of $2.1 billion – 25 percent – above the enacted fiscal year 2017 level. Within this amount, $638 million is provided in OCO funding for projects in countries with ongoing U.S. operations. These funds will provide for the construction and maintenance of facilities to enable our military to fight current and emerging threats, to support increased troop levels, and to sustain services for military families. This includes operational facilities, training facilities, hospitals, family housing, National Guard readiness centers, barracks, and other important resources. In total, 215 military construction projects across the country and overseas receive funding in the bill.

  • Military Family Housing – The bill provides $1.4 billion to fund construction, operation, and maintenance of military family housing for fiscal year 2018. This is $131 million above the fiscal year 2017 level and the same as the budget request. The funding will ensure quality housing is sustained for all 1,388,028 military families currently served by the program.

  • Military Medical Facilities – The bill includes $737 million for construction and alterations for new or existing military medical facilities, an increase of $433 million above the fiscal year 2017 level. This funding will allow for continued support and care for 9.8 million eligible beneficiaries, including our wounded troops abroad. 

  • DOD Education Facilities – The bill includes $249 million for essential safety improvements and infrastructure work at four DOD Education Activities facilities located within the U.S. and overseas. 

  • Guard and Reserve – The bill includes $575 million for construction or alteration of Guard and Reserve facilities in 22 states, the same as the requested level.

  • NATO Security Investment Program (NSIP) – The bill provides $178 million, the same level as in FY 2017, for infrastructure necessary for wartime, crisis, and peace support and deterrence operations, and training requirements. The funds will support responses to the challenges posed by Russia and to the risks and threats emanating from the Middle East and North Africa. 

  •  Guantanamo Bay – The legislation continues language to prohibit the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station and a provision to prohibit funding for any facility within the U.S. to house detainees. The bill also includes $115 million in funding to build two new barracks to house service members stationed at Guantanamo Bay.

Veterans Affairs (VA) – The legislation includes a total of $182.3 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding for the VA, an increase of $5.3 billion above the fiscal year 2017 level. This funding will help address many of the problems currently facing the VA, and provide for better and increased access to care for our veterans.

Discretionary funding alone for VA programs in the bill totals $78.3 billion, an increase of $3.9 billion above the fiscal year 2017 level. Approximately $66.4 billion of this discretionary total was provided last year via advance funding in the fiscal year 2017 Appropriations bill. 

These additional funds will provide resources for important priorities within the VA, such as suicide prevention, claims processing, homeless prevention and care, opioid addiction, and medical research.

  • VA Medical Care – The bill funds VA medical care at $69 billion – providing for approximately seven million patients to be treated in fiscal year 2018. Within this total, funding includes: $8.4 billion in mental health care services; $186 million in suicide prevention activities; $316 million for traumatic brain injury treatment; $7.3 billion in homeless veterans treatment, services, housing, and job training; $751 million for hepatitis C treatment; $50 million for opioid abuse prevention; and $250 million in rural health initiatives. This total also includes full funding of the President’s additional $2.6 billion request to meet higher-than-anticipated medical needs.

  • VA Electronic Health Record – The bill contains $65 million for the modernization of the VA electronic health record system, the same as the President’s request. This will ensure the swift implementation of the plan for the VA to use an identical electronic record system as the DOD. This will also ensure our veterans get proper care, with timely and accurate medical data transferred between the VA, DOD, and the private sector.

  • Disability Claims Processing Backlog – Reducing the disability claims backlog is essential to ensuring adequate compensation and care for the 312,000 veterans still wading through the VA bureaucracy to get a final decision on their claims. The bill will help speed this process and get these veterans the decisions they are awaiting by providing $50 million above the request to be used for digital scanning of health records and overtime pay. In addition, the bill continues rigorous reporting requirements to track each regional office’s performance on claims processing and appeals backlogs. 

  • Construction – Major and minor construction within the VA is funded at $753 million. The bill provides the full request for the construction of major medical facilities, and expansion of cemeteries that are reaching capacity before 2022.

  • VA Mandatory Funding – The bill fulfills mandatory funding requirements such as: veteran disability compensation programs for 4.5 million veterans and their survivors; education benefits for one million veterans; and vocational rehabilitation and employment training for more than 145,000 veterans. 
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  • Advance Appropriations – The bill contains $70.7 billion in advance fiscal year 2019 funding for veterans’ medical programs – the same level as the President’s request. This funding will provide for medical services, medical support and compliance, and medical facilities, and ensure that our veterans have continued, full access to their medical care needs. The bill includes $107.7 billion in advance funding for VA mandatory benefit programs, as requested in the President's budget.

For the complete text of the Subcommittee Draft of the FY 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, please click here.

 

 

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Chairmen Frelinghuysen and Dent Applaud New Effort on a Joint Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs Health Record System

2017/06/05

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Charlie Dent today applauded an announcement by the White House on a new effort for a joint Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs health record-keeping system.

“This decision has been a long time in coming,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said. “I have personally discussed the mismatch between the Department of Defense medical records system and the Veterans Affairs system with the last several secretaries of both departments. To avoid interruptions in care or expensive redundancy, the Appropriations Committee has demanded that the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense use an identical or at least compatible or interoperable network. Today, with his decision, Secretary Shulkin confirmed that the time for action has arrived.”

“The implementation of an effective electronic health record system that provides integrated service between the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense has been a bipartisan priority and goal for a long time,” Chairman Dent said. “My focus is to provide the best care possible for veterans, supported by a modern electronic health record system that best serves their needs as they transition from active to veteran status and protects their personal information in a cost-effective manner. As Secretary Shulkin has noted, a collaborative approach with Congress will be required to further assess this proposal, and I applaud this initial step forward. I look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Frelinghuysen, our colleagues, and the administration to fulfill the Committee’s goal of delivering a system that serves our veterans and our service members alike.”

 

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RESCHEDULED: Federal Bureau of Investigation – Budget Hearing

2017/06/05


Department of Transportation – Budget Hearing

2017/06/05


Chairman Frelinghuysen Statement on the President’s Budget Request

2017/05/23

House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement today on the release of the President’s budget request:

"As outlined in the Constitution, the Congress, not the Executive Branch, has the ‘power of the purse.’ My Committee takes this responsibility very seriously. It is our job to analyze the request, go through each and every budget line, question every witness, and demand spending justifications on behalf of the taxpayers who are footing the bill. Only then can Congress put forward our own plan to fund the federal government, ensuring the wise investment of taxpayer dollars on important programs while trimming back or eliminating waste and duplication.

"The Appropriations Committee has already begun this process, and it will continue rapidly over the next weeks and months. We intend to work as quickly as possible – while maintaining the highest standard of responsibility – to complete the fiscal year 2018 Appropriations bills in a timely fashion. It is up to this Congress to provide needed proper funding to federal programs to maintain our national security and to uphold our common American values.”

 

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Bill to Fund Federal Government Approved

2017/05/03

The House today approved the fiscal year 2017 Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations bill, the legislation that will provide discretionary funding for the federal government for the current fiscal year.

The bill includes full Appropriations legislation and funding for the remaining 11 annual Appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2017. This level meets the base discretionary spending caps provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, and provides additional funding for national defense, border security, and other emergency needs. 

The legislation represents a $25 billion increase in national defense funding over current levels – a major stride forward in restoring the strength and capacity of our armed forces. It also includes a $1.5 billion down payment on additional measures to bolster border security.

In addition, provisions are included for key national priorities such as natural disaster relief, an extension of miners’ health benefits, increases in health research, and opioid addiction treatment and prevention.

Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“This bill reflects shared values that will help make our nation stronger, safer, and more resilient. It fulfills our constitutional duty to fund important federal services that the American people rely on – and it does this in a responsible way, making the best use of every single taxpayer dollar. In short, it moves our nation forward – in the right direction.

“This bill makes the smart decisions to invest funding where it is needed most – rebuilding our military, securing our borders, and bolstering economic growth. It is the result of hard-fought negotiations and over a year’s worth of diligent and careful work. I’m proud of the House for passing this legislation today, and I look forward to getting on to the next phase – the fiscal year 2018 Appropriations process.”

Bill Highlights –

Funding Levels –The legislation provides a total of $1.163 trillion in base and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) / Global War on Terror (GWOT) funding for the operations of the federal government. Base discretionary funding alone in the bill meets the caps in current law, providing $1.07 trillion.

The bill includes $93.5 billion in total OCO/GWOT funding to provide needed resources and training for our troops in the field, to combat the threat of ISIL and other enemies around the world, to support U.S. allies, and to fund diplomatic and humanitarian missions.

The bill also includes $8.2 billion in emergency and disaster funding for fiscal year 2017 for needs resulting from fires, floods, and other extreme weather events.

Timing – The funding included in the bill will extend to the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2017.

Policy Items – The legislation includes several policy items to help rein in bureaucratic and regulatory overreach, to protect the rights of Americans, and to encourage economic growth and job creation. For details of these items, please see the summaries below.

Omnibus Summaries For detailed summaries of the 11 Appropriations bills within the Omnibus, including funding levels and policy items, please visit the following:

Agriculture

Commerce/Justice/Science 

Defense

Energy and Water

Financial Services

Homeland Security

Interior and Environment

Labor/Health and Human Services/Education

Legislative Branch

State/Foreign Operations

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development

 

For the full text of the bill and accompanying reports, please visit: www.rules.house.gov.

 

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Floor Statement on Final, Full-Year FY 2017 Funding Legislation

2017/05/03

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen spoke on the House floor today in support of the full-year FY 2017 funding bill.

The prepared text of his statement follows:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present the House amendment to H.R. 244, a bill that will provide funding for the federal government for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year.

This bill reflects shared values that will help make our nation stronger, safer, and more prosperous. It fulfills our Constitutional duty to fund important federal services that the American people rely on every day, and it does this in a responsible way, making the best use of every single taxpayer dollar – assuring more reliability and predictability than a government operating under a Continuing Resolution.

In short, it moves our nation forward – in the right direction.

The bill includes full-year funding for the remaining 11 annual Appropriations bills – for defense, infrastructure, health, and safety programs – through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2017, as well as critical emergency and supplemental funding requested by the President.

In total, it provides $1.163 trillion in base and Overseas Contingency Operations / Global War on Terror funding. These levels meet the caps provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

This bill makes the smart decisions to invest funding where it is needed most – rebuilding our military, securing our borders, and bolstering economic growth – getting people back to work!

First and foremost and most importantly, the bill prioritizes funding for national defense – restoring the strength and capacity of our Armed Forces. Overall Defense funding is increased by $25 billion above FY16 levels.

This funding will help assure our military has proper training, the best weapons and equipment, and other resources needed to defeat ISIS, battle radical extremism around the world, and support our allies in critical regions against threats from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.

To rebuild our end strength, the bill includes $1.6 billion for an additional 36,000 troops above the previous Administration’s request.

And most importantly, this bill supports our brave men and women in uniform – all volunteers – and provides them with a 2.1% pay raise – the largest in six years – and takes care of their families.

To help secure our borders and protect our homeland, the bill provides Customs and Border Protection with a total of $12.2 billion – nearly a $1 billion increase above FY16.

In fact, this is largest increase to border security technologies and infrastructure in a decade – a down payment on stronger, more effective systems and barriers.

Funding is also prioritized to tackle gang and drug crime, combat terrorism, and support law enforcement. Vital agencies, like the FBI, the US Marshals, the DEA, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, receive funding boosts for FY17.

Other domestic funding is directed to proven, effective programs that improve the health and safety of Americans. This includes increases for NIH and CDC.

And significantly, we have increased funding to battle the opioid abuse epidemic by $781 million from last year. This funding will provide treatment, education, and enforcement, and help the unacceptably high number of communities that have been devastated by this crisis.

Lastly, this legislation funds important national priorities like critical infrastructure and essential disaster relief, and supports our local communities, including renewing the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program and giving choices to parents!

This bill should also be noted for what it doesn’t fund.

Our legislations cuts, freezes, or eliminates funding for dozens of programs that have been wasteful, ineffective, or are just plain unnecessary.

For example: We cut funding at the EPA by $81 million and reined in its regulatory program to prevent overreach. We froze the IRS’s funding at current levels and directed funding to improve service to taxpayers.

And to ensure that each and every tax dollar is spent responsibly, the bill implements strong oversight and accountability at every level of government.

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to support this bill as it reflects the needs of the American people and our common values. We are investing in the security and success of our nation – and for that, this bill deserves solid, bipartisan support.

Mr. Speaker, it is now seven months into the 2017 fiscal year; we must complete our work today. It is time to look ahead and begin work on our 2018 priorities.

I urge my colleagues to support this bill.

Thank you, and I reserve my time.

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Statement Before the Rules Committee on Full-Year FY 2017 Funding Bill

2017/05/02

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today testified before the House Committee on Rules on the House amendment to H.R. 244, which contains the text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017. 

The text of his prepared statement follows:

Good afternoon, Chairman Sessions and Ranking Member Slaughter.

Thank you for having me before the Committee today to present the House amendment to H.R. 244 – the final Appropriations package for fiscal year 2017.

I am here before the Committee today to seek an appropriate rule to provide for prompt consideration of this important measure.

The bill includes full-year funding for the remaining 11 annual Appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2017, as well as emergency and supplemental funding.

It provides a total of $1.163 trillion in base and Overseas Contingency Operations / Global War on Terror funding – meeting the base discretionary caps provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and providing additional funding for critical national defense, border security, and emergency needs.

This bill is the product of well over a year’s worth of careful, committed efforts by nearly every member in this body. It reflects our common values, and will help move our nation forward.

First and foremost, this bill makes America safer and stronger. The bill makes a down payment on rebuilding our military by increasing overall Defense funding by over $25 billion above FY16 levels. This includes funding to defeat ISIL, to counter radical extremism around the world, and to support our allies.

It also includes $1.6 billion for an additional 36,000 troops above the previous Administration’s budget request. To support our men and women in uniform – all volunteers – it fully funds the largest military pay raise in six years, providing for their training, and supporting their families.

The final package also includes $1.5 billion in funding to strengthen our borders – the largest increase to border security technologies and infrastructure in more than 10 years.

Law enforcement and the health and safety of the American people are top priorities. Funding for the FBI, US Marshals, CBP, and ICE is increased, and critical dollars are targeted toward vital and effective programs within the NIH and CDC and toward programs that battle the opioid abuse epidemic across the country.

The legislation also includes provisions for other key national priorities – like disaster relief, important transportation infrastructure, support for education and local communities, like DC school vouchers, and fully-offset, permanent health care benefits for retired coal miners.

Just as importantly – this bill uses taxpayer dollars wisely and effectively.

The bill streamlines the government by freezing, cutting, or eliminating funding for dozens and dozens of programs.

This includes reining in the EPA’s executive overreach and cutting its funding by $81 million, freezing the IRS at current levels, and prohibiting funding for the Green Climate Fund and the UN Climate Change panel.

Strong oversight is implemented at every level of government to help ensure that no taxpayer dollar is misused or goes to waste. We must make every dollar count!

In sum, this is a solid bill that reflects the most important needs of the American people – ensuring the future prosperity and security of our nation.

As you know, the current Continuing Resolution expires this Friday. Our time is limited. We must complete our work for fiscal year 2017 so we can address 2018 priorities.

I would like to thank the Ranking Member of the Committee, Mrs. Lowey, for her hard work on this bill.

This package reflects shared, American values. This bill moves our country in the right fiscal direction, and I ask that my colleagues in the House and the Senate support it, vote on it, and send it to the President’s desk as soon as possible.

Thank you.

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Comprehensive Government Funding Bill Released

2017/05/01

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill, the legislation that will provide discretionary funding for the federal government for the current fiscal year.

The bill includes full Appropriations legislation and funding for the remaining 11 annual Appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2017. This level meets the base discretionary spending caps provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, and provides additional funding for national defense, border security, and other emergency needs. 

Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“This package of the remaining Appropriations bills is the result of over a year’s worth of careful and dedicated efforts to closely examine federal programs to make the best possible use of every tax dollar.

“This legislation will fund critical federal government activities, including our national defense, and enact responsible funding decisions to target U.S. investments where they are needed the most. It also maintains and enhances policies that bolster economic growth and support the core values that our nation is built upon.

“It is time that we complete this essential work. It is a solid bill that reflects our common values and that will help move our nation forward, and I urge its quick approval by the Congress and the White House.”

The legislation represents a $25 billion increase in national defense funding over current levels – a major stride forward in restoring the strength and capacity of our armed forces. It also includes a $1.5 billion down payment on additional measures to bolster border security.

In addition, provisions are included for key national priorities such as natural disaster relief, an extension of miners’ health benefits, increases in health research, and opioid addiction treatment and prevention.

Bill Highlights –

Funding Levels –The legislation provides a total of $1.163 trillion in base and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) / Global War on Terror (GWOT) funding for the operations of the federal government. Base discretionary funding alone in the bill meets the caps in current law, providing $1.07 trillion.

The bill includes $93.5 billion in total OCO/GWOT funding to provide needed resources and training for our troops in the field, to combat the threat of ISIL and other enemies around the world, to support U.S. allies, and to fund diplomatic and humanitarian missions.

The bill also includes $8.2 billion in emergency and disaster funding for fiscal year 2017 for needs resulting from fires, floods, and other extreme weather events.

Timing – The funding included in the bill will extend to the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2017.

Policy Items – The legislation includes several policy items to help rein in bureaucratic and regulatory overreach, to protect the rights of Americans, and to encourage economic growth and job creation. For details of these items, please see the summaries below.

Omnibus Summaries For detailed summaries of the 11 Appropriations bills within the Omnibus, including funding levels and policy items, please visit the following:

Agriculture

Commerce/Justice/Science 

Defense

Energy and Water 

Financial Services

Homeland Security

Interior and Environment

Labor/Health and Human Services/Education

Legislative Branch 

State/Foreign Operations 

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development 

For the full text of the bill and accompanying reports, please visit: https://rules.house.gov/bill/115/hr-244.

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Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Maintain Government Operations Approved by House

2017/04/28

The House today approved a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J.Res. 99) to continue funding for federal programs and services until May 5, 2017.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen gave the following statement on the approval of this CR:

“It was imperative that the House and Senate pass this legislation and send it to the President today. This resolution will ensure that the government stays open for another week until May 5, 2017. It extends current levels for essential government operations that the American people rely on – including, most importantly, our national security.

“I am optimistic that a full-year Appropriations package will be completed soon. Congress must fulfill our constitutional duty and provide responsible funding for the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year.”

Length and Level of Funding – The CR extends funding for operations for federal agencies, programs and services until May 5, 2017. It maintains the current budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

The legislation continues policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted fiscal year 2016 Appropriations legislation.

The legislation also extends the December CR provision for health care benefits for retired coal miners and their dependents for the length of this CR. This provision protects coal miners and their families from losing health care benefits.

 

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Rodney Frelinghuysen

NEW JERSEY's 11th DISTRICT

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