McCaul and House Republicans Fund Department of Defense, Health and Education Programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauds the House passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense, Health, and Education funding bill.
This Congress has now passed the most funding bills on time in 22 years. The Senate passed this bill last week by a vote of 93 to 7 and it will now head to the President’s desk for his signature.
Congressman McCaul: “It is our solemn duty to keep Americans safe and support our troops. That is why I proudly supported today’s bill that continues to prioritize Americans’ health and safety, rebuilds our armed forces, restores our military readiness, and supports our troops and their families. In addition to funding these important priorities for our constituents, we are finally getting back on track by returning to regular order with the passage of this bill. In fact, this is the first time in a decade Congress has provided the funding our Department of Defense needs without the uncertainty of short-term funding. I urge the president to swiftly sign this bill into law so we can continue to provide the American people with the security they deserve.”
Below are some of the specifics included in H.R. 6157:
Prioritizing Health and Safety
- Fully funds my Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill signed into law.
- Increases funding by $2 billion to support critical research into cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and opioids.
- Directs historic levels of funding to fight and end the opioid abuse epidemic.
- Improves school safety by investing over $1.5 billion in critical programs and targeting nationwide program to increase access to mental health providers, and increase students' safety and well-being in schools.
Rebuilding and Restoring our Military
- This is the first time in 10 years that the Department of Defense has not relied on the inconsistencies of continuing resolutions for funding. This provides the Pentagon with much-needed stability and predictability after years of short-term funding.
- $606.5 billion to boost base funding for our military, which is $17 billion above current funding levels.
- $243 billion to increase funding for military readiness programs to ensure our troops are prepared for their missions.
- $96 billion to prepare and modernize our Armed Forces for the future of warfare, like the new Army Futures Command Center headquartered in Austin, TX.
Supporting Our Troops and Military Families
- The largest pay raise in nine years.
- $300 million to help veterans transition back into the workforce.
- Cares for our troops, military families, and retirees by including $34 billion for the Defense Health Program. This includes funding above the request for cancer research, traumatic brain injury and psychological health research, and sexual assault prevention and response.
- Boosts troop end strength by providing $143.2 billion for military personnel and pay – supporting 1,338,100 active-duty troops and 817,700 Guard and Reserve troops.