Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) voted to keep the federal government funded, ensuring the continued operations of critical programs Central Valley families rely on.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) voted to keep the federal government funded, ensuring the continued operations of critical programs Central Valley families rely on.
The spending package, Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6157
, includes Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding. In addition, the package also includes a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), to extend funding for the other federal agencies through December 7, 2018.
Following the vote, Congressman David G. Valadao stated, “This bill gives our troops the pay raise they deserve, boosts funding to find treatments and cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s, and improves education programs for all Central Valley students.” He continued, "The House Appropriations Committee has put in hundreds of hours of work crafting, amending, and considering these funding provisions and this package illustrates our efforts to return to regular order.”
The package prioritizes spending on rebuilding our armed forces, restoring military readiness, and supporting our veterans, while improving our nation’s health and safety and improving education for all students.
Specifically, the legislation includes the following Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations:
Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations
- Provides a total of $674.4 billion in defense funding, $17 billion above fiscal year 2018
- Supports our troops with a 2.6% pay raise, the largest in nine years
- Properly cares for our veterans, troops, and their families with $34.4 billion for the Defense Health Program
- Restores military readiness by providing $96.1 billion for research and development into new defense systems and technologies, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
- Increases funding for the National Institutes of Health so we can continue to develop and find treatments and cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s
- Extends the Violence Against Women Act to December 7, 2018 and provides $3.1 million to combat violence against women
- Increases the maximum Pell Grant award to $6,195 to help students finance their education
- Helps first-generation college students succeed by increasing funding for TRIO at 1.06 billion ($50 million increase) and GEARUP at $360 million ($10 million increase)
- Provides $1.9 billion for the career, technical, and adult education programs critical to the Central Valley’s workforce
- Increases funding for early childhood programs, such as Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant by $250 million
The Appropriations Package was passed by the United States House on September 26, 2018. More information regarding the legislation can be found on the House Appropriations website
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District of California, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.