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Kildee Statement on Omnibus Appropriations Bill

March 22, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today regarding the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018:

“Since last September, Congress has funded the government on short-term continuing resolutions, which is completely unacceptable. These short-term patches hurt our military readiness and inject uncertainty into our economy. Today’s appropriations bill, while far from perfect, finally breaks this irresponsible Republican pattern of governance.

“There are many priorities in this bill that I have advocated for since coming to Congress. This bill expands efforts to help families find affordable housing, fully funds efforts to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species like Asian carp, invests in critical life-saving medical research, and significantly expands early childhood education programs like Head Start. These investments will help to create jobs, spur economic growth, and support families and communities I represent.

“After the water crisis in my hometown, I have led the fight in Congress to more urgently address drinking water contamination across America. I am pleased that this bill makes new investments to remove lead from our water systems in cities like Flint and creates a new federal grant to help remove lead from our schools and daycares. Working with Senators Stabenow and Peters, we also successfully fought for new resources to clean up dangerous PFAS chemical contamination around military bases like the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, as well as help communities like Oscoda receive more emergency grants to provide clean drinking water to residents. By funding a new PFAS contamination health study, we can also begin to provide medical treatment for our veterans and their families who have been exposed.

“No bill is perfect. While I support the pay raise this bill gives our troops, I oppose more unchecked spending at the Pentagon on things the generals haven’t even asked for. It is long past time for an audit to be released on Pentagon spending so we can cut wasteful spending. I also strongly object to Speaker Ryan continuing to refuse the American people a vote to fix our broken immigration system and protect DREAMers.

“Like any piece of legislation, this bill contains provisions I disagree with, but on balance, this bill makes significant investments in the priorities that I have long been fighting for.”