House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the conference report to the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act.
“The American people rightfully expect results, and that’s exactly what we set out to deliver in the Better Way Agenda two years ago. To ensure the red carpet is rolled out for our veterans, this bill provides for the largest dollar amount for the VA in history and funds important programs to ensure veterans receive the care and treatment they need. It also strengthens our national security, supports better infrastructure for our military, and invests in our nuclear technology. For a safer and stronger America, these are the solutions we promised to deliver. As a result, people are Better Off Now.
“This marks the first time since 2007 that both Houses of Congress will send multiple appropriations measures to the president’s desk on time. In doing so, I’m pleased that the People’s House took an important step today in meeting one of our most basic duties– to exercise our ‘power of the purse’ responsibly and on schedule. To build trust with the American people, this work must continue. I sincerely thank leaders on the Appropriations Committee, especially subcommittee chairs Reps. Mike Simpson, Jeff Fortenberry, and John Carter, for their work on this bill.”