Foxx Votes for Appropriations Package with Disaster Relief
WASHINGTON – Today Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) voted in favor of an appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2019, which combines the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bills with a continuing resolution that extends funding for remaining departments of the federal government at Fiscal Year 2018 levels until December 7, 2018.
Rep. Foxx stated, “Today, for the first time in over twenty years, Congress has approved 75% of all discretionary spending before the end of the fiscal year. This includes the entire defense budget, which means the Department of Defense has more fiscal certainty to rebuild and strengthen our military than it’s had in two decades. The bill also provides a well-deserved pay raise to our country’s selfless warfighters—the largest increase in nine years.
Additionally, this bill delivers funding for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, making $8.8 billion available to assist with Hurricane Florence relief. As our state continues to sustain Hurricane Florence’s devastation, it is crucial to ensure FEMA remains able to administer disaster relief in the recovery ahead and effectively assess the damage.
The power of the purse is one of Congress’ greatest duties and we will continue to work on the appropriations bills that remain. Nevertheless, today marks significant progress made in Republicans’ fight to return to regular order and our promise to responsibly steward the tax dollars of the American people.”
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.