Culberson Statement on FY18 Omnibus
Media Contact: 202-225-2571 Amanda Smith AmandaJ.Smith@mail.house.gov
Washington D.C. - Today Representative Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1625 (115), the omnibus appropriations bill:
“The FY18 omnibus makes critical investments to the safety, security and prosperity of our nation. While this bill is by no means perfect, it includes many critical conservative priorities and fulfills Congress’s most vital responsibility to provide for the common defense. This funding bill provides the largest increase in defense spending in 15 years and gives our troops the largest pay raise in eight years.
“As a senior appropriator and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) on Appropriations, I’m proud of the work my subcommittee has done to advance ground-breaking science and technology programs, create jobs, spur economic growth, and empower federal law enforcement.
“The bill continues to provide substantial funding for combating the opioid crisis and human trafficking. The legislation provides nearly $4 billion in funds to help address the terrible opioid epidemic. Since taking over as Chairman of CJS, there has been an 82 percent increase in funding for anti-human trafficking grants.
“This legislation makes sure that the U.S. Attorneys, the DEA, the ATF, the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI are getting the money they need to make our communities safer by prosecuting more criminals, human traffickers, drug dealers, international criminal organizations, and gangs. This bill also provides funds for over 100 additional immigration judge teams to speed up the removal of people who are in the country illegally. This bill does not provide federal law enforcement funding for sanctuary cities.
“This bill also includes a 52-year plan for NASA to restore the agency to the glory days of Apollo. I have provided NASA with the highest funding level in the agency’s history, and this legislation sets the foundation for NASA to follow a 52-year plan developed by science’s greatest minds.
“There is nothing more important than the safety of our kids, and that’s why I worked with my colleagues across the aisle in the House and Senate to keep all Second Amendment protections, while also strengthening the gun background system so that guns stay out of the hands of those who have broken the law and have forfeited their right to bear arms.
“The omnibus provides an additional $3 billion for NIH funding, the largest increase ever. Additionally, there is $1.63 billion for Community Health Centers, a $135 million increase over FY17. There is $50 million for evidence-based STEM education programs and continues funding grants to help low income students with the money they need to attend college.
“I’m very pleased that this bill invests more than $1 billion in the National Weather Service and $1.9 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood and storm damage reduction projects. The Corps construction funding includes $16.5 million to continue the important replacement project for the outflow structures at the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs.
“Helping Houstonians rebuild after Hurricane Harvey remains my top priority, and the $34 million increase for the National Weather Service and $215 million increase for flood and storm damage reduction projects over FY17 levels will help us prepare against future storms.
“I urge the Senate to pass this crucial appropriations bill.”
Read Rep. Culberson’s Memo: Reining in Sanctuary Cities By Enforcing Existing Law here.