Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Passage of 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. House of Representatives Appropriator Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement on the $1.3 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018, which passed today in a 256-167 vote.
“After months of inaction, the House today had an opportunity to come together and make a real difference and I am glad that we took advantage of that,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Legislation is always better when Republicans and Democrats negotiate together. This bill – as well as last month’s bipartisan budget agreement and even last year’s omnibus – are good examples of that.”
“This is the most basic responsibility we have – to fund the government – and this bill delivers on priorities without unnecessary poison pills. This should be the norm, not the exception.”
The omnibus serves as the funding vehicle for 12 different appropriations bills. The bill provides $117 billion more in nondefense discretionary funding than President Trump requested, including robust funding to fight the opioid epidemic, strengthen election security and rebuild American infrastructure. It includes a pay raise for both active-duty and civilian military employees and language that will, finally, allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the effects of gun violence across America.
The bill must now be signed into law by the President. It includes several items of particular importance to Congressman Ruppersberger and his fight for Maryland’s Second District, such as:
- $73 million to protect the Chesapeake Bay
- At least $36 million in national security funding that supports thousands of jobs in the Second District
- $3 billion increase for Maryland-based National Institutes of Health
- Language preventing the construction of a new FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, so that alternative sites, including in Maryland, can be evaluated
- $1.9 million for the Chemical Security Analysis Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the only center able to offer first responders immediate guidance 24-7