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COLLINS SUPPORTS PRESIDENT'S 2017 FUNDING BILL

May 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which funds government operations through September 30, 2017.

President Trump has prioritized a stronger national defense and increased border security, which are core pieces of this bill. While Democrats have long insisted that every dollar of increased defense spending be matched by a dollar of domestic spending, H.R. 244 provides for greater defense investments without further bloating the domestic budget.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney pointed out that this bill provides an additional $1.522 billion for funding for border security through the end of the fiscal year, and President Trump spoke on the funding bill this Tuesday.

“With this major investment in [America’s] national defense we are at last reversing years of military cuts, and showing our determination and resolve to the entire world. And believe me, the entire world is watching, and we have resolved like never, ever before. These long-awaited increases will make America more safe and more secure, and give our amazing service members the tools, equipment, training, and resources they need and they very much deserve,” said the President.

“To top that, we achieved the single largest increase in border security funding in 10 years.”  

The President also spoke with Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) individually about the importance of this legislation.

“The House has listened to President Trump and to our neighbors in passing legislation that reprioritizes the safety and security of Americans and continues the regulatory reform efforts that energize our economy. I am pleased with this bill’s support for the Second Amendment, including my own piece of legislation. The bill also provides for construction funding for the Savannah Harbor Extension Project—a critical economic driver throughout the state of Georgia—and allows water usage discussions among Georgia and her neighbors to remain a states—rather than a federal—issue,” said Collins.

“Although an omnibus is never an ideal option for funding, I’m glad we’ve been able to work closely with the President to accomplish significant and strategic goals while reining in executive branch spending. I will continue to advocate for a return to regular order, meaning that Congress starts the appropriations process earlier, improves its structure, and focuses on individual appropriations bills.”

The Trump Administration and House Republicans support this legislation because it initiates IRS reform and denies $1 billion in funding suggested by the former administration. The IRS provisions affirm First Amendment protections, and H.R. 244 continues important pro-life policies and shores up Second Amendment rights. This bill also includes language mirroring the Collectible Firearms Protection Act, which Collins introduced this February to allow for the import of certain collectible firearms.

As the country addresses its opioid epidemic, this act funds Collins’ Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act, which became law as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. This legislation supports local authorities and communities as they address the mental health and related criminal justice challenges facing much of the nation, including northeast Georgia.

The bill also checks the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority and reduces its funding by more than $80 billion while renewing American’s focus on holistic energy solutions, including coal, natural gas, nuclear power, and oil.   

The Senate is expected to vote on the funding bill this week.