Rogers: Bipartisan Budget Act Supports Our Military
Washington, DC, February 9, 2018
Congressman Mike Rogers made the following statement today after the Bipartisan Budget Act passed the House of Representatives with his strong support.
“Our military has suffered far too long under the Obama Administration due to uncertainty because of funding. Today we finally voted for a long-term budget agreement that fully funds the Pentagon and will give our brave men and women in uniform the certainty they need to protect and defend America. President Trump promised to rebuild our military and the Republican Congress delivered.
“The legislation also provides much needed relief for Alabama’s cotton farmers and places them on a much firmer footing for the upcoming farm bill debate” Rogers added.
The legislation funds the government while reversing sequester and increasing defense discretionary funding by $80 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and $85 billion in FY2019. It also helps reduce maintenance backlog at the Veterans Administration (VA), makes seed cotton eligible for the farm safety net and includes a 10-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).
“I was proud this legislation passed the House with my strong support. Those who put their lives on the line for our freedoms deserve to have the resources needed to fulfill their missions,” Rogers said.
“I want to thank Mike Rogers for his leadership in helping shepherd this budget deal to passage and standing up for our military. Mike Rogers is a strong leader on national security and especially the role the state of Alabama plays in it. I appreciate and rely on his deep knowledge of the issues and dedication to our men and women in uniform” House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said.
Rogers is a senior member of the House Agriculture and House Homeland Security Committees and Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee.