RELEASE: Fleischmann on Passage of FY 19 "Mini-Bus" Conference Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement upon the passage of the FY 2019 “Mini-Bus” Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations Conference Committee Report:
“The passage of today’s spending package is a tremendous victory for the Chickamauga Lock. Since entering Congress, the completion of the Lock has been one of my top priorities and I am proud to say that we provided a record $117.7 million in continued funding for this project,” said Congressman Chuck Fleischmann. “The Lock is critical for the boats and barges that rely on the Tennessee River as a means for transporting goods across our nation as well as the communities and businesses served by these vessels. The Army Corps of Engineers is doing an excellent job working on the Chickamauga Lock, and thanks to the action of the House this afternoon the Lock remains on track for completion.
In addition, I was pleased to vote to support $35.68 billion to fund the Department of Energy, including $15.23 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration. This funding supports the scientific innovation and development at Oak Ridge National Lab in areas from neutron science to supercomputing. This package will also provide funding for Y-12 National Security Complex to continue its important missions supporting the nuclear weapons stockpile, our Nuclear Navy, and nuclear nonproliferation initiatives. Finally, the bill provides robust funding for the Oak Ridge environmental cleanup mission.
This is the first time in about 10 years Congress worked as it should with both chambers passing our respective spending bills, coming together in conference to resolve the differences, and producing a product that meets our nation’s funding needs. As we approach the end of the fiscal year, I am optimistic that the work of this conference committee can be mirrored by the other conference committees and Congress can return to regular order in our funding process.”
The FY 2019 Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations Conference Committee Report will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.