Roe Supports Appropriations Bill, Spending Reforms
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act and H.R. 5895, the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act:
“Today, I was proud to vote for a bill that funds many of our most important obligations, including strong national security and increased resources for veterans. I’m very proud to support the men and women who wear the uniform of this great nation. This bill provides an additional $9 billion for veterans programs above last year, with $194.5 billion in total spending on VA. This record level of investment shows our tremendous commitment to ensuring we take care of those who have defended our freedoms. This bill will also help ensure our nation’s energy policy continues to allow for a stable nuclear program, helping companies – like Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin, TN – that employ hundreds of constituents locally.
“As I’ve mentioned time and again, as we invest in our critical priorities, we must also take steps to cut wasteful spending. That’s why I supported President Trump’s rescissions package last night. Every year, federal agencies fail to spend all of the funding they are provided, and this bill reclaims some of this money on behalf of taxpayers. This will help reduce the deficit by about $15 billion and is one of many steps needed to get our fiscal house in order.”