Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) released the following statement after voting in support of the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018. Passage of this government funding legislation marks the first time in nearly a decade that the U.S. House has passed all 12 appropriations bills on time.
“For years, some in Washington have worked to prevent Congress from using the power of the purse to right-size government. Today, the House took a major step forward by completing the appropriations process for the first time in nearly a decade. By following regular order, the House was able to eliminate wasteful programs and rein in bureaucratic overreach by agencies across the federal government, while ensuring important programs such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are fully funded. Additionally, this bill protects the sanctity of life by defunding Planned Parenthood and prohibits the federal government from discriminating against Americans who object to participating in an abortion.”
The appropriations package passed by the House today also included an amendment put forward by Congressman Huizenga that prohibits funding for a section of Dodd-Frank that addresses conflict minerals. Earlier this week, Congressman Huizenga discussed his amendment that was adopted today by a vote of 211-195. Congressman Huizenga's speech on his amendment is available below.
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