Ross Votes to Boost National Security and VA Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 27, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, FY2018, an appropriations package that provides funding for the U.S. Department of Defense, energy and water development, the Legislative Branch, military construction, and Veterans Affairs, as well as fully funds the President’s request of $1.6 billion to secure our Southern border:
“I proudly voted for H.R. 3219 today because it ensures our national and global security by funding operations to defeat ISIS, rebuild our military after years of neglect, and improve our missile defense and nuclear weapons capabilities to defend against threats from North Korea and other bad actors.
“Through this appropriations package, our troops will have the training, equipment and cutting-edge defense technology they need to maintain our military superiority, as well as the critical military infrastructure to keep them prepared and healthy. This legislation also fully funds the largest military pay increase in eight years and the highest level of funding ever for the Department of Veterans Affairs so that our brave and selfless service members, veterans and their families receive the care, support and appreciation they deserve and earned.
“In keeping our promise to the American people to crack down on illegal immigration, this bill provides $1.6 billion to secure our Southern border, meeting the full White House request. H.R. 3219 additionally moves us toward energy independence and greater use of our natural resources by investing in energy programs that reduce our reliance on foreign oil and reducing the regulatory red tape that hikes up our energy costs. Lastly, this appropriations package continues the pay freeze for Members of Congress while boosting funding for the Capitol Police so all Americans visiting the Capitol remain safe in exercising their rights to visit The People’s House and participate in our nation’s legislative process.
“The security and well-being of our nation and its people remain a top priority of mine, and I will continue supporting measures that fulfill my obligation to provide for our national defense and promises to those back home who sent me to Washington to protect them.”