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Rep. Tom Graves, House Pass The Make America Secure And Prosperous Appropriations Act

Major Legislation Offers a Conservative Vision for Government


Washington, Sep 14 -

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) released the following statement after he voted for, and the House passed, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354), legislation to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2018: 

“This bill is true to its name, and it’s true to our principles. It keeps our country secure by funding President Trump’s border wall and strengthening our military. It makes America prosperous again by restoring financial freedoms so families can earn a living and achieve their dreams. It advances conservative principles by protecting life, caring for our veterans and reducing the rules and reach of government.

“Passing this unified conservative bill is a new approach to the annual government funding process. I credit Republican leaders and members for agreeing to try something different, and the Appropriations Committee for doing what most thought was impossible. Now it’s time to work with the Senate and the administration to secure these victories for the American people.”

In May, Rep. Graves first presented House Republicans with his idea to change the annual appropriations process by rolling the usual 12 individual funding bills into one conservative bill well ahead of the deadline. The House will now use this bill as the basis for government funding negotiations with the Senate. Both chambers will have to pass an identical bill before it is sent to President Trump to be signed into law. The deadline for negotiations to end is December 8, 2017.

With this “12-in-1” method, it is the first time in over a decade that a Republican House Majority has passed all annual appropriations bills before the start of the next fiscal year.

Below is a list of the bill’s highlights:

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