ROKITA VOTES TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S AGENDA

May 3, 2017 Issues: Economy and Jobs

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May 3, 2017

 

ROKITA VOTES TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S AGENDA

BILL MAKES US SAFER, EXPANDS SCHOOL CHOICE, AND ENHANCES BORDER SECURITY ALL WHILE HOLDING SPENDING FLAT

 

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Todd Rokita issued the following statement after voting to fund the federal government for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year.  It passed 309 - 118. 

“Today I voted to keep President Trump’s agenda moving forward by keeping spending flat and better ordering our priorities.

“As Vice-Chairman of the Budget Committee, I can confirm that the funding bill keeps the federal government within the budget caps. This helps ensure fiscal discipline.  Equally important, we broke the Democrat’s long-standing priority on a dollar for dollar match for defense and non-defense discretionary spending, which before now, allowed some programs to have an out-weighted influence over limited funds.

“While keeping spending flat, this bill re-prioritizes existing funds to keep Americans safe, reauthorizes school choice programs and enhances border security.”

The funding bill is a win for conservatives for the following reasons:

·         Prioritizes defense, helping keep Americans safe.

·         Targets terrorism and the increase of foreign threats.

·         Enhances border security with the largest investment in a decade.

·         Provides no new money for Obamacare and no insurance company bailouts.

·         Fully funds the 2015 transportation law to date, bringing $986 million to Indiana, a $20 million increase.

·         Protects life by prohibiting federal funds being used for abortions.

·         Limits EPA overreach by reducing staffing levels to pre-Obama, back to 1989.

·         Fights against the opioid epidemic, helping community’s like Austin, Indiana.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, H.R. 244, will fund the federal government for FY 2017 at levels set under the Bipartisan Budget Act that passed in 2015.  

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