House Passage of Omnibus Appropriations Legislation
Today, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) voted in support of legislation to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. The United States House of Representatives passed the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, legislation that provides discretionary funding for the entire federal government for the entire fiscal year.Today, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) voted in support of legislation to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. The United States House of Representatives passed the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, legislation that provides discretionary funding for the entire federal government for the entire fiscal year.
Congressman Valadao explained, “Funding the federal government is the most basic duty of the Congress. By passing this Omnibus bill, Congress is fulfilling its duty. As a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, this is a responsibility I take very seriously.”
The Omnibus contains all 12 regular appropriations bills for fiscal year 2014, with no area of the government functioning under a Continuing Resolution. This allows every program to be weighed individually and prioritized, with funding targeted to the most important and effective programs while lower-priority programs are reduced.
“While not perfect, this bill represents true compromise between both Republicans and Democrats as well as between the House and the Senate,” said Congressman Valadao. “However, as Republicans, we were able to continue our mission to cut spending and reduced federal expenditures by $21.4 billion since last year. At the same time, we were able to maintain the critical programs and services my constituents depend on most.”
Highlights of the legislation include $1.012 trillion for the operation of the federal government, a military pension fix to ensure medically retired military personnel and those receiving survivor’s benefits receive what they have earned, and funding for our nation’s military and national security. At Congressman Valadao’s request, an additional $20 million in funding to fight citrus greening was included within the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
The legislation also aimed to eliminate and reduce wasteful spending. As a result, no federal funds for California High Speed Rail were included within the bill. Additionally, ObamaCare received no new funding.
The omnibus passed in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by a vote of 359 – 67.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.