Huizenga Statement on Government Funding
Washington, March 22, 2018
Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) released the following statement after voting in support of legislation to strengthen our national defense, give our troops a much needed pay raise, improve school safety, combat the opioid epidemic, expand mental health resources, and protect the Great Lakes.
“It’s become clear that the budget process is broken. While this legislation is an improvement over another continuing resolution, this is not how I would prefer the federal government be funded. The House passed all 12 appropriation bills to properly fund the federal government. The Senate couldn’t pass a single one. That is how I know the process is broken.
“While less than ideal, this funding measure takes significant steps to address a host of key issues. For years, we have asked our troops to do more with less. This bill starts rebuilding America’s armed forces by making the largest investment in 15 years and gives our men and women the resources they need to fight, win, and return home safely. This legislation also gives our troops their largest pay increase in eight years.
“Additionally, this legislation prioritizes school safety by providing resources to improve ways to identify signs of violence, enhance intervention and strengthen coordination between local law enforcement and school personnel to keep our children safe. This legislation also makes significant investments to combat the opioid crisis, help our veterans receive the care they deserve, and improve our nation’s mental health system.
“Lastly, this legislation fully funds the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, reinforces that time is of the essence to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp, and responsibly continues the restoration of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund that is vital to Michigan’s economy and communities along the Lakeshore.”