Donovan, House Pass Legislative Package To “Make America Secure Again”
Washington, DC – July 27, 2017…. Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today voted to support a package of appropriations bills to “Make America Secure Again.” The legislation includes funding for the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water Development, the Legislative Branch, and $1.6 billion for physical barrier construction to secure the Southern Border.
The package fully funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for the military, including service members at Fort Hamilton – the largest increase in 8 years. It also appropriates $78.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support medical care for 7 million VA patients, including suicide prevention, traumatic brain injury treatment, opioid abuse prevention, and homeless services. The Brooklyn VA Hospital serves a large population of veterans from Staten Island and South Brooklyn and would benefit from the funding increase in this bill.
Congressman Donovan said, “The men and women who serve in the armed forces risk their lives, move their families around constantly, and spend precious time away from home. I can’t think of more deserving people for the largest pay raise in 8 years.”
Regarding funding for the border wall, Congressman Donovan said, “We have to secure the border. We’re in an immigration mess right now because millions of people have come into the country without following our legal processes. It’s just common sense for the United States to know who comes and goes. The White House asked for $1.6 billion this fiscal year, and we’re fully funding the request.”
Other provisions of note include:
- $6.16 billion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for navigation and flood protection projects (the Corps is actively advancing studies in the New York City area, including a major analysis of flood protection for New York Harbor and tributaries);
- Funding increase to the Department of Defense of $68.1 billion;
- Keeps our armed forces the most modern and cutting-edge in the world with $84.3 billion investment in research and $149.9 billion investment in equipment and weapons;
- Provides for security improvements at Congressional district offices and boosts U.S. Capitol Police funding for enhanced training, equipment, and technology.
The funding package will now go to the U.S. Senate for consideration.