Culberson Statement on FY19 Department of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Package
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Culberson (TX-07), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), issued the following statement after the House passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6157: Department of Defense and Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019.
“I’m pleased to support this vital package of bills to fully fund our military and make critical investments to support scientific and medical research.
“The Constitution outlines our national defense as the federal government’s top priority. This package restores our nation’s military readiness and capabilities by investing $674.4 billion to rebuild our armed forces, restore military readiness, and support our warfighters. The bill invests in homeland missile defense and procures new ships, aircraft, and land vehicles. We also invest in cutting-edge research that will ensure our technology is always two steps ahead of our adversaries in the conventional, outer-space, and cyber warfighting domains. The funding increases will ensure the continued strength of our military and empower the great men and women that serve our nation.
“This bill also provides a 2.6 percent pay raise for our servicemembers, the largest pay raise in nine years, including $143.2 billion for military personnel and pay. The Defense Health Program is funded at $34.4 billion to make certain that our troops, military families, and retirees receive the best health care possible and have access to cutting-edge medical treatments. This funding also supports research into developing treatment and finding cures for cancers, rare and orphan diseases including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, and other psychological conditions. It also provides funding for sexual assault prevention and response.
“My highest priority in the Labor-HHS bill is funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for scientific and medical research – both of which received significant funding increases in the bill. It’s critical that the researchers, scientists, and physicians receive the necessary funds to support their vital work to fight and cure diseases.
“We have also included more than $6.6 billion to fight and end the devastating opioid epidemic, which has touched every community in our nation, including Houston. This Congress is committed to fighting the epidemic on all fronts and has undertaken a comprehensive bipartisan effort to combat opioid abuse. This bill will fund treatment, recovery, and addiction prevention.
“I look forward to President Trump signing these bills into law.”
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