House Passes Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act

Jun 8, 2018
Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. LaMalfa ensured language was included in the bill to prohibit permits for the dredged or fill material from normal farming, ranching, or irrigation activities.
LaMalfa said: “This package of appropriations bills helps us expand energy independence by increasing funding for important DOE projects while also allocating more funding to improve our water resources infrastructure. This legislation prioritizes our national security by increasing America’s nuclear deterrence and cyber security capabilities. Here at home, we’re investing in projects to advance American competitiveness and repealing the onerous Waters of the U.S. rule, which never should’ve existed in the first place. In order to benefit our veterans, the VA will now receive more funding than ever before, but we’re also improving oversight to make sure those funds are properly used to give our veterans the level of care they deserve. This is a good appropriations bill that helps move forward our priorities.”
  • Increases funding for Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapon security programs.
  • Increases funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by $451 million to improve America’s water resources infrastructure.
  • Increases DOE funding to advance America’s energy independence.
  • Repeals the onerous Waters of the U.S. rule.
  • Increases funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by $3.9 billion.
  • Provides $71.2 billion for VA medical care.
  • Increases funding to rebuild military infrastructure to improve America’s national security and improve military efficiency.
More information courtesy of the House Appropriations Committee:
Energy and Water section, click here.
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs section, click here.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.