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.
Happy National Public Lands Day! Today, entry to our National Parks such as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is free! This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and explore the beauty of Michigan and our nation!
It was great to talk with employees and tour ITC Incorporated in Hudsonville yesterday. This family run business designs, builds, and manufacturers lighting for a variety of applications including office furniture, RV’s, and the marine industry. Thank you for the opportunity!
It was great to join members of the Ottawa County Farm Bureau in Allendale to discuss the Farm Bill, immigration, Great Lakes infrastructure, and the economy. I was honored to receive the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for my record of supporting policies that empower West Michigan farmers.
Last week, I toured Quality Tool and Stamping in Muskegon Heights. Whether it’s Muskegon Heights, Whitehall, or Muskegon itself, manufacturers across West Michigan are creating good-paying jobs and increasing opportunity for hardworking families.
This morning I joined a packed house at the Wyoming Kentwood Chamber for a legislative update on improving and funding the VA, rebuilding infrastructure across the Great Lakes, and reforming Dodd-Frank in a bipartisan manner. Additionally, I discussed how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is delivering positive results for small businesses, middle class families, and hardworking individuals across West Michigan. Thank you for the opportunity to speak!