Rep. Marshall: "I voted to stop neglecting our military and fix the grain glitch"
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Marshall, M.D. voted in support of the omnibus spending package. The bill appropriates the funds agreed upon in the FY 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act. This appropriations package has victories that will directly impact Kansas, including a crucial fix for Section 199A, a delay of the Electronic Logging Device mandate on livestock haulers, pay raises for our troops at Fort Riley, expanding rural broadband access, and funds for school safety measures.
“While I whole-heartedly agree with alarms about the overall spending levels in this agreement, and the last-minute process that we are required to approve it in, I believe as a whole, this bill did a lot for Kansas.
"Today, I voted to stop neglecting the needs of our military families and national security, to fix the ‘grain glitch’ that pitted Kansas agri-businesses against each other, to secure our schools, and end the digital divide in our rural communities.”
“This omnibus package gives our troops the largest pay raise our service members have seen in eight years and the resources they need to protect this country and themselves. That is a top priority for me and the families at Fort Riley.”
“With this omnibus, I know my producers and grain businesses back at home will now get to fully enjoy the benefits from our historical tax cut bill because of this needed fix."
“As I said when the Bipartisan Budget Act was initially passed, it is not a perfect bill, anything bipartisan will never be perfect, but as the funding unfolded I saw a lot of wins for families back home.”
This spending package:
- Delay of the Electronic Logging Device Rule for our livestock haulers
- Removal of the out-of-touch reporting requirements that treated farms the same as hazardous waste cleanup sites through clarification of the CERCLA – Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.
- Section 199A Fix
- Nearly $4 billion in funds to combat the opioid crisis
- Funding to fully staff Farm Service Agency offices, including the addition of loan officers to ensure that producers are able to access credit in a timely manner.
- Provides more than $2.3 billion in new funding to effective mental health, training, and school safety programs at the Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services.
- Fully maintains Hyde Amendment protections, ensuring that federal dollars aren’t used to provide abortions
- $600 million in funds to expand rural broadband in underserved areas
- Funding for our districts four FAA Contract Towers, and five Essential Air Service airports
- Rebuilds America’s Armed Forces by making the largest investment in 15 years.
- Fully funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for the troops and gives our service men and women the resources they need to fight, win, and return home safety.
- Improves the nation’s infrastructure is critical to reliability, safety, and economic growth.
- Includes more than $21 billion for infrastructure projects across the country.
$81.5 Billion to increase oversight of the VA, and provide additional medical care for our nation’s veterans.
Read more on the omnibus here: https://goo.gl/g2FMTP