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Fleischmann Votes to Fund the Government

December 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee, issued the following statement after the House passed two appropriations packages, H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865. In total, these packages reflect all twelve FY2020 appropriations bills and will fund the government through September 2020.

“Funding our government is one of the most basic – yet critically important – roles that Congress plays. After months of negotiations with my colleagues from across the aisle and the chamber, both spending packages put forward encompass major wins for our country and avert the threat of a harmful government shutdown.

“Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, border apprehension numbers have dropped, but we must remain vigilant and dedicated to securing our border and combatting the threats faced by our agents on the ground. With $1.375 billion in new border wall funding and the omission of partisan language to tie the President’s hands, this bill allows us to continue to build the wall. Additionally, enforcement resources – such as ICE detention beds, new Customs and Border Protection officers, and the Homeland Security Investigations agency – have been robustly funded. These components mirror the President’s request for comprehensive border security. This spending bill also includes funding for the Coast Guard, the needs of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and our TSA agents who are working overtime this holiday season.

“East Tennesseans should also know that the legislation I supported today provides for the vital missions undertaken in East Tennessee at Oak Ridge National Lab and Y-12, as well as the effort to cleanup legacy waste in the community. The Army Corps of Engineers also receives necessary resources to support the Chickamauga Lock project. The needs of our rural communities are reflected through funding for rural broadband, development initiatives, and tools to fight the opioid epidemic.

“It is no easy task to come to an agreement on all twelve spending bills in this time of historic polarization, but I am proud that we were able to do so. With the passage of this legislation in the House today, followed by swift action by the Senate in the coming days, and with the signature of President Trump, our nation will have fiscal certainty and stability to close out this year. I thank my colleagues on the committee for their tireless work and the completion of this FY20 spending package, one that reflects our current needs and will provide for the advancement of our national priorities.”

Detailed information on the FY20 funding bills can be found here.