Cole Praises Passage of Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill
March 22, 2018
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), Chairman of the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill by a vote of 256-157 with Cole’s support. This legislation includes all 12 appropriations measures, and funds the federal government, agencies and programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 through September 30, 2018.
The omnibus spending measure sets total federal funding at $1.3 trillion and includes an additional $80 billion for national defense, the largest increase in 15 years. In addition, this legislation directs money to fighting the opioid crisis, improving national security, bolstering medical research, protecting the unborn and promoting school safety.
“After passing multiple continuing resolutions throughout this past year, I am pleased that this omnibus spending bill has passed, and the House has fulfilled its commitment to the American people by fully funding the government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018,” said Cole. “This bill reflects the priorities that will protect all Americans and enhance our nation’s health and economic prosperity.
“I am also pleased that the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies provisions, which I oversee, has been fully funded at a total of $177.1 billion,” continued Cole. “Furthermore, for the third consecutive year, the National Institutes of Health received a substantial increase ($3 billion) to be directed toward several critical research initiatives, including Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric cancer, a universal flu vaccine, and Down Syndrome, among others.
“The Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies portion also directs increases in spending toward TRIO and GEAR-UP, both important programs aimed at helping first-generation college students prepare and enter college. The TRIO program is increased by $60 million for a total of $1.01 billion, and the GEAR UP program is increased by $10 million, for a total of $350 million. Impact Aid, which helps dozens of Oklahoma school districts, is increased by $86 million for a total of more than $1.4 billion.
“Despite divisions, both sides of the aisle have the responsibility to deliver this legislation for the American people so that the federal government runs efficiently and effectively. Neither side got everything it wanted, but the end product reflects a broadly supported compromise. A majority of Republicans and Democrats voted for this bill. President Trump urged its passage and has promised to sign this legislation. As we begin to consider funding for Fiscal Year 2019, it is imperative that Congress remain committed to the return to regular order in the appropriations process.”
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