WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed an appropriations package that fully funds government operations for the next fiscal year. H.R. 3354, the Make America Prosperous and Secure Appropriations Act, contains many conservative victories, including needed increases in military spending and a “down payment” on construction of a border wall.
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.), who serves on the Appropriations Committee, said the bill demonstrates House Republicans’ commitment to setting responsible spending priorities.
“Serving on the Appropriations Committee gives me a seat at the table for spending decisions that impact my constituents,” Roby said. “I’m proud to say that the House has now passed all twelve appropriations bills on time for the first time in almost ten years. This package sets responsible funding levels and includes some big conservative wins, including cutting job-killing regulations, defunding Planned Parenthood, and stopping the expansion of Obamacare.
“Given Alabama’s significant military footprint, I am particularly pleased that our appropriations bill fully funds national defense and contains important funding for the missions at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and Fort Rucker.
“It is Congress’ responsibility to budget for national priorities, and securing the border is a top priority. We need bigger, stronger, and smarter barriers along our southern border, and that’s why this bill puts a down payment on construction of a border wall right now.”
The bill increases funding for Army Aviation, including:
- $58 million for seven additional Lakota helicopters;
- $1.05 billion for 56 additional UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters;
- $136.4 million for 4 additional Chinook helicopters.
The bill also provides support for other key programs with Alabama connections, including:
- An additional $930.8 million to fund a total of 3 Littoral Combat Ships;
- $348 million for upgrades to the Stryker vehicle;
- Strong funding for missile programs, including THAAD, Hellfire, and LRASM;
- $9.5 billion for 84 F-35 aircraft.