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.
On Friday, I met with trucking and transportation operators from across West Michigan in Grandville. Thank you for coming in to share your stories and discuss some of the regulatory issues currently facing small businesses.
My republican colleagues and I want to cut taxes for hardworking middle class families and small businesses across Michigan. Modernizing the tax code will create jobs here at home while making American job creators more competitive! Read how in our op-ed from Sunday's Detroit News!
The action taken by President Trump regarding Iran is a step in the right direction. The Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with the Iranian Regime was ill-conceived and shortsighted. Under this flawed agreement international inspectors are unable to properly verify Iran’s compliance, the Iranians are able to continue to develop and improve their centrifuge technology, and worst of all, this dangerous deal puts Iran on the doorstep of having nuclear weapon capabilities.
Additionally, the regime’s use of civilian airplanes for transporting troops and weapons to destabilize the Middle East combined with their continued testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles demonstrate why Iran is known as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Congress and the Trump Administration must work together to effectively hold Iran accountable for their actions.
We have all seen the images of devastation across Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Florida, and Texas from the recent hurricanes. As you are reading this wildfires continue to wreck havoc on California and destroy communities. Today, I voted in support of an emergency relief package to aid our fellow citizens. As this process moves forward, we need to make reforms and efficiencies to FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program, and other disaster relief programs but the priority right now is to ensure our emergency responders, Guardsmen, and military have the resources to help our citizens.