Hartzler Supports Funding Measure for Defense and other Government Agencies
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) supported and the House approved an appropriations “minibus” funding bill, which includes the Department of Defense (DOD), the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) and Education appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019. This legislation contains many Missouri specific items that Hartzler has been working on and represents the most efficient passage of government appropriations in decades. The legislation will now be sent to the White House for final approval.
“This legislation addresses key Missouri priorities that I have been working on this year, including important defense spending to provide our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to meet evolving threats around the globe,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who chairs the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee. “The legislation also provides labor, health and education funding that increases Alzheimer’s research, further tackles the opioid crisis and addresses local Impact Aid challenges in our schools,” added Hartzler.
Hartzler’s work on the bill includes the following provisions:
- Fully funds a 2.6 percent pay raise for our troops – the largest in nine years.
- Provides funding for 24 additional F-18 Super Hornets to address the Navy’s strike fighter shortfall.
- Fully funds the B-21 program, which will eventually replace the B-2 at Whiteman Air Force Base.
- Supports funding for critical B-2 modernization programs to ensure the bomber fleet maintains its long-range strike capability until the B-21 is operational.
- Provides funding for A-10 modifications to guarantee that the A-10 fleet, including those at Whiteman, will continue to be operational.
- Increases the Army’s active duty end strength, which means more soldiers will be trained at Fort Leonard Wood.
- Supports funding for engine upgrades for the C-130H fleet, including the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.
- Provides much needed support for the Army’s Ammunition Production Plant like the one at Lake City.
- Directs funding for congressionally directed medical studies in Alzheimer’s and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex research impacting our men and women in uniform.
- Provides $2.3 billion for Alzheimer’s research.
- Funds mental health and efforts to combat opioid and heroin abuse at $6.7 billion.
- Increases funding for Career, Technical and Adult Education.
- Provides critical funding for TRIO: federal programs providing support services to disadvantaged students to promote achievement in postsecondary education.
- Directs additional funding for Impact Aid, which is allocated to local schools on military bases to help offset costs incurred in heavy military communities. This is especially important to the Waynesville and Knob Noster School District, which has a high percentage of students from military families.
Interested members of the media may contact Anna Swick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the attached MP3 file for a recording of Congresswoman Hartzler’s quote.