Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the following statement after voting to successfully pass the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act which secures hundreds of millions of dollars for New York’s 21st Congressional District including critical funding for multiple Upstate New York and North Country programs and significant defense spending.

“I always work to bring the priorities of Upstate New York and the North Country to the highest levels of government and I’m proud to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars for NY-21 through this year’s appropriations process, while reining in reckless spending on Biden’s Far Left initiatives like his army of IRS agents and ban on gas stoves," said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. “My advocacy secured investments for our students in rural communities, strengthened our Northern Border security and staffing, and delivered millions in defense spending to bolster our military capabilities at Fort Drum and the Air Force Research Lab - Rome ensuring our service members have the resources they need to protect our national security.”

Key Conservative Wins

  • Directs the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the deployment of resources and address staffing issues at the Northern Border. 
  • $283.5 million for border technology.
  • Funds 22,000 Border Patrol agents, the highest level ever funded. 
  • Funds 41,500 detention beds. 
  • Prohibits the use of federal funds from being used for abortion.
  • Prevents the Consumer Product Safety Commission from banning gas stoves. 
  • Pulls back $20.2 billion for the Biden supercharged IRS army. 
  • Prohibits funds for UNRWA. 

Securing Defense Wins for Upstate New York and the North Country

  • $25 million increase for Air Force Research Lab - Rome’s annual Future Flag testing and evaluation exercise, conducted in Essex County in Lewis, N.Y.
  • $5 million to begin research, design, development and testing for recapitalization of the LC-130H aircraft operated by the New York National Guard’s 109th Air Wing. 
  • $20 million increase for Agility Prime to help support BETA Technologies’ work in Plattsburgh. 
  • $10 million in RDTE for blast exposure monitoring to help support the NY-21 defense industrial base.
  • $10 million increase for Air Force photonic chips for quantum computing at AFRL-Rome.

Strengthening Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division

  • $10 million to accelerate funding for the Army’s fielding of unmanned aircraft systems to light infantry units like the 10th Mountain Division.
  • $15 million increase for the Army radio systems used by first responders to protect families and improve on-base security.
  • $10 million to support the10th Mountain Division Engineer’s land surveying equipment designed to perform reconnaissance, obstacle reporting, and construction management.

Supporting Our Servicemembers and Their Families

  • Includes a 5.2% increase in Servicemember basic pay.
  • $70 million increase for DoD Impact Aid schools including Indian River and Carthage Schools.
  • $25 million for the Peer-Reviewed Lung Cancer Research Program. 
  • $7 million for the Peer-Reviewed Tickborne Disease Research Program.
  • $45 million for the Peer-Reviewed Ovarian Cancer Research Program. 
  • $150 million for the Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program. 
  • $10 million for the Peer-Reviewed Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program.

Strengthening U.S.-Israel Defense Cooperation

  • $300 million for U.S.- Israel missile defense cooperation.
  • $80 million for Procurement of the Iron Dome system. 
  • $80 million for Procurement of the Arrow Weapon System.
  • $40 million for Procurement of the Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense (SRBMD).
  • $40 million increase above the Defense budget request for U.S.-Israel counter-UAS development including directed energy and laser technology cooperation.
  • $47.5 million increase for U.S.-Israel anti-tunneling cooperation.

Supporting NY21 Communities 

  • $45 million for the Rural Postsecondary and Economic Development Grant program under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education program. 
  • $4 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program. 
  • $1.1 billion for senior nutrition programs.
  • $1.5 billion for Impact Aid Basic Support payments program in the Department of Education. 
  • $1.9 billion for the Community Health Centers.
  • $71 million for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention.
  • $1.2 billion for Federal TRIO programs. 
  • $12.3 billion for the Head Start program.

State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

  • $10.88 million for the International Joint Commission (IJC). 
  • $50 million for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. 
  • $315 million for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).