Culberson Issues Statement on Minibus Appropriations Package
Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Culberson (TX-07), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), released the following statement after the House passed the Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019.
“This package includes funding for the Army Corps of Engineers for flood and storm damage reduction projects, including nearly $12 million for construction and over $3.3 million for operation and maintenance on Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries. The Energy and Water bill invests $2.7 million to continue the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study, in partnership with the Texas General Land Office, to develop projects to protect Texas from coastal damage from tropical storms and hurricanes. It also provides over $23 million for operation and maintenance to properly dredge the Port of Houston. The port is key to Houston’s economy and we must maintain its export capabilities.
“This bipartisan legislation delivers on the promises of the federal government to ensure our national defense, veterans, infrastructure, and the legislative branch of our democracy have the resources to serve every American. It funds programs critical to maintaining our energy independence and ensuring both our military and infrastructure are at the cutting-edge.
“Our greatest responsibility is to provide for our active duty troops, veterans, and their families. This legislation invests the highest dollar amount of Veterans Affairs funding to date and provides improved care for our veterans, better housing for our troops and their families, and addresses veterans mental health and opioid abuse.
“This legislation also prioritizes critical oversight programs to keep government spending in check. I look forward to the President signing it into law to ensure Congress can maintain the safety, security, and continued economic growth of America.”
Energy and Water Appropriations:
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations:
Legislative Branch Appropriations:
For more detailed information on each of these bills, please visit: https://appropriations.house.gov/legislation/