Congressman John Garamendi Votes Aye on Omnibus Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, voted to pass the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill provides increased funding for key priorities for infrastructure, national defense, research, and gun safety.
“We were six months overdue, but in the end, Congress came up with a bill that funds key priorities for our economy and national security,” said Garamendi. “It fully funds our armed forces, and ensures that the critical missions at Travis and Beale will continue. It provides increased funding for the new KC-46 tankers and $114 million for the construction of two critical hangars at Travis to support the arrival of these aircraft, and supports the critical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission and related platforms at Beale.”
This bill will have other very positive local impacts. The recent firestorms in California have taught us that we must invest much more in fire prevention, and this bill allows us to do that. It creates a separate fund for emergency firefighting and eliminates the practice of dipping into fire prevention funds to fund fire suppression. It provides robust funding for all Army Corps of Engineers flood control projects, as well as $4.3 million to advance Sites Reservoir. It allots $2 billion for rural broadband deployment, which will strengthen the economy of rural communities. And it funds increased science and real-time monitoring for endangered fish populations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its tributaries while also developing increased aquifer and surface water storage.”
“This bill will also make us safer in other ways. The Coast Guard will get a crucial funding increase, allowing it to accomplish its mission of interdicting contraband and keeping us secure. On gun violence, this bill makes long-awaited fixes to the national instant criminal background check system, which will help prevent people who shouldn’t have guns from buying guns. It also ends a 20-year-old policy that prevented the Center for Disease Control from studying gun violence.”