Rep. Joe Wilson Supports Two-Year Budget Agreement that Restores Military Funding

Feb 9, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Joe Wilson Supports Bi-Partisan Budged Agreement that Properly Funds our Armed Services

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House passed a two-year budget agreement that finally provides critical relief from sequestration for defense and domestic spending by lifting strict budget caps, and raises the debt ceiling to ensure that the federal government can continue to pay its bills. 

“Today’s budget agreement reasserts that America’s national security, military strength, and defense capabilities are a priority. The passage of this legislation provides support for our Veterans, security for American families, and domestic funding for community health centers and those affected by natural disasters.”

The increase in defense spending comes a critical time. Last year, 80 servicemen and women tragically lost their lives due to training incidents and preventable accidents. That is almost four times as many as those who lost their lives in combat. 

“As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, I am grateful that we have achieved funding levels that honor the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform for military families. By restoring funding, our armed services can finally address critical maintenance and infrastructure needs. With stable and consistent funding, our military can now recruit effectively, train appropriately and modernize equipment for future conflicts with additional safety.”

Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry commended Rep. Wilson’s vote in support of this legislation, stating “I am thankful to have Congressman Joe Wilson as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness due to his steadfast, unwavering support for our service men and women. Today’s vote proves that when it comes to ensuring our military has the resources and capabilities they need to succeed, Rep. Wilson will continue to be a dedicated advocate.

The bipartisan, bicameral compromise secures CHIP funding for and additional four years, authorizes $6 billion to combat the opioid crisis, $20 billion for infrastructure, $4 billion for the VA and over $80 billion to support communities affected by natural disasters. It allocates $2 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health and extends funding for community health centers. 

“This agreement would not be possible without the leadership of President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.”