House Passes National Security Appropriations Package

Jul 27, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which is a package of four appropriations bills that provide funding for the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Legislative Branch. The package also includes funding to secure the U.S. southern border.

LaMalfa said: “This appropriations package prioritizes three things – rebuilding our military, caring for our veterans, and strengthening our national security. I am confident that this spending package will help to protect Americans – that includes securing vulnerable areas of our southern border that currently allow anyone to come and go as they please. Our troops will receive their largest pay raise in eight years and the VA will receive its highest ever level of funding to support the needs of our veterans. As a bonus for Northern California, the EPA will now be authorized to withdraw the overreaching Waters of the United States rule that has affected so many farmers in rural areas. This legislation is a huge step forward for our national security, our economy, and America’s capabilities around the globe.”

H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act:

Department of Defense – $658.1 billion

  • Fully funds 2.4% pay raise for troops – the largest in eight years.
  • $68.1 billion base funding for DOD.
  • $73.9 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations to maintain U.S. military superiority.
  • $241 billion for readiness programs (training, equipment, facility maintenance, and base operations).
  • $84.3 billion for research and development.
  • $149.9 billion for equipment and weapons procurement.
  • Raises troop levels, modernizes equipment, and targets resources for the development of new military capabilities.

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs – $88.8 billion

  • $78.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs – the VA’s highest ever level of funding.
  • $10.2 billion for construction of critical military infrastructure.
  • Supports medical care for 7 million VA patients.
  • $8.4 billion for VA mental health care services.
  • $7.3 billion for homeless veterans support and job training.
  • $50 million for opioid abuse prevention.
  • Prohibits the closure of Guantanamo Naval Station.

Energy and Water Development – $37.6 billion

  • Strengthens national security by increasing funding to $13.9 billion for DOE’s nuclear weapons program.
  • $6.16 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers to improve public safety and create jobs – including $2.8 billion for navigation projects and $1.8 billion for flood and storm reduction activities.
  • Invests in DOE programs to move the U.S. towards energy independence.
  • Authorizes the EPA to withdraw the burdensome Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

Homeland Security – $1.6 billion

  • Provides $1.6 billion to secure the southern border.

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.