Today, Congress passed a two-year bipartisan budget agreement and funding legislation that is critical for our community, state, and nation. Importantly, it includes $89.3 billion in much needed funds for disaster recovery and future mitigation efforts, including funding to help build a third reservoir and begin studying improvements for Addicks and Barker reservoirs. It also increases funding for our troops and military operations around the world, dedicates more resources to take care of our veterans back home, extends federally qualified community health centers and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and funds new infrastructure projects.

 

This agreement:

  • Helps to rebuild our military by fully funding our Armed Forces at the levels in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act 
  • Provides $89.3 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Includes $6 billion to strengthen the fight against opioid addiction nationwide by growing substance abuse and prevention programs as well as law enforcement efforts 
  • Provides a $20 billion down payment on new American infrastructure projects
  • Continues to slash Obamacare’s unworkable programs, including repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)
  • Extends funding for Community Health Centers
  • Includes $2 Billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health
  • Authorizes an additional four years of CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Includes funding to reduce maintenance backlog at the Veterans Administration