WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced her support for the Bipartisan Budget Act, critical legislation to adjust spending caps to more adequately fund our military and other priorities:
“I will be supporting the bipartisan deal that increases total defense spending so that we can give our men and women in uniform the resources they need to keep us safe,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This agreement also funds a well-deserved pay raise for our brave servicemembers -- including the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division -- that I advocated for in the National Defense Authorization Act. I ran against the devastating effects of the budget sequester on our national defense, and this deal lifts this harmful policy so that Secretary Mattis can combat the readiness crisis and rebuild our military to defend us against 21st century threats.
“This deal contains funding for many other important initiatives for our district, including infrastructure and rural broadband. This deal includes necessary reforms that will help small dairy farmers across our district and it includes additional funding to combat the opioid crisis and support mental health programs, two critical issues affecting families across the North Country. I have been an outspoken advocate for Community Health Centers and for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and this bipartisan deal provides funding to support these critical programs. I am also pleased this includes additional funding to support the life-saving research at NIH as well as to reduce the VA healthcare maintenance backlog. Additionally, this agreement gives needed aid to communities hit by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Texas, and the wildfires in California.”