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Valadao, House Pass FY18 Omnibus Bill

Increases Funding for Impact Aid, Community Block Grants, and Career and Technical Education

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Washington, March 22, 2018 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
oday, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) voted in support of legislation to provide all discretionary funding for the federal government for the 2018 fiscal year.
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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) voted in support of legislation to provide all discretionary funding for the federal government for the 2018 fiscal year.

H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, contains $1.3 trillion in funding for all twelve annual Appropriations bills. After voting in favor of the legislation, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) released the following statement:

"The House Appropriations Committee has put in hundreds of hours of work crafting, amending, and considering these funding provisions.

"The legislation makes important investments in our military, ensuring our troops have the tools and resources to safely complete their mission and protect our homeland while fully funding a 2.4% pay raise for our troops.

"Equally as important, the Omnibus increases and protects funding for critical programs my constituents rely on. The bill raises funding for Impact Aid by $86 million, provides $2.3 billion in new funding to help keep our schools safe, rebuilds America’s crumbling infrastructure with an additional $21.2 billion investment, and boosts funding for the National Institutes of Health by $3 billion to work towards curing life-threatening conditions and diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's."

Specifically, the legislation provides funding for the following programs, critical to Central Valley communities:
  • Provides an additional $2 million for farm programs ($1.7 billion total) and an $138.8 million for agriculture research programs ($3.03 billion total) to help stop devastating crop disease, such as citrus greening
  • Increases funding for important state and local law enforcement programs such as Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, Community Oriented Policing Services, violence against women programs, and school safety programs by $375 million ($2.4 billion)
  • Boosts funding for the Department of Defense by $61.1 billion to ensure our military is prepared to defend American interests around the world ($659.6 billion total)
  • Delivers an additional $163 million to the Bureau of Reclamation to manage, develop, and protect water resources in the West ($1.48 billion total)
  • Fully maintains the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program to help governments offset property tax losses due to tax-exempt land ($530 million total)
  • Increases IDEA special education funding by $275 million ($12.3 billion total)
  • Increases maximum Pell Grant award from $5,920 to $6,095
  • Secures an additional $75 million increase for career and technical education programs to help Central Valley workers find employment opportunities ($1.2 billion total)
  • Provides an additional $300 million for Community Development Block grants to improve local communities ($3.3 billion total)
  • Raises Impact Aid funding by $86 million ($1.4 billion total)
  • Provides an additional $625 million for expansion of rural broadband ($685 million total)
  • Provides a $3 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ($37 billion total)
Additional provisions inserted by Congressman Valadao include a temporary ELD exemption for livestock haulers, twenty additional F-35 aircraft ($10.2 billion), and provisions from his legislation, H.R. 3890, the Making Rural America Count Act which ensures rural communities with high incarcerated prison populations are eligible for Rural Development Grants administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed on Thursday, March 22, 2018 by a vote of 256 to 167.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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