Scott makes Statement on Appropriations Bill

| December 18, 2015

Scott Austin

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott released the following statement regarding the House passage of H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016:

“While I do not think this is a perfect piece of legislation, there were several important wins in this bill that will protect the safety of Americans, increase our homeland security, and provide for our nation’s warfighters,” said Congressman Austin Scott. “I believe our national security should be our number one priority, especially in these times of increased global instability and terror. This legislation restores funding for our military so that they may be fully equipped to defeat threats both domestic and abroad and helps eliminate the pitfalls created by the sequester. Without this vital funding, we would underfund our military, leading to troop reductions and gaps in readiness. It also strengthens the Visa Waiver Program by tightening security requirements and increases border security.

“H.R. 2029 also creates jobs and grows our economy by lifting the ban on American oil exports, reining in the IRS, and preventing a taxpayer bailout of Obamacare.”

H.R. 2029 also maintains strong protections for life by upholding important pro-life provisions and prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortion. Further, it includes a ban on FDA approval for genetically modified human embryos. Congressman Scott has repeatedly voted to completely terminate all federal support for Planned Parenthood by cosponsoring and voting for H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. H.R. 3134 passed the House on September 18, 2015.

Further, this legislation ensures veterans receive the health benefits they have earned, speeds up VA claims processing, prioritizes modernizing the VA’s electronic health care record system, and tightens oversight of construction projects. It contains no new funding for new or expanded EPA programs thereby slowing this agency’s overreach. This legislation also supports agriculture by preventing more than one billion dollars in trade retaliations from Canada and Mexico through a repeal of unnecessary labeling requirements on meat.

Additionally, Congressman Scott joined the Georgia delegation in successfully fighting to strike language that would have forced the involvement of the Federal Government in states’ water disputes- particularly the longstanding dispute between Georgia and Alabama.

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