RELEASE: Fleischmann Votes To Fund The Government For Fiscal Year 2018

March 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement after voting in support of the H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act:

“I believe in our country, I believe in the men and women that serve our great nation, and I believe that we should no longer ask so much from our armed forces while allowing the resources, tools, and funds available to them to remain depleted. Today, I joined members of House and voted to increase defense funding for our armed forces on the ground, in the air, and on the water. In detail, this bill makes investments of $47.4 billion for our planes, $37.3 billion for our navy, and $22.1 billion to best prepare our sons and daughters for deployment. The time is now to properly equip our military to support our allies and stand strong against our adversaries.

In addition to the largest increase in defense spending in 15 years, this legislation marks an end to the continuing resolutions that have hampered the progress our of nation, by funding our government through the duration of the 2018 fiscal year. As an appropriator, I am proud to see all 12 appropriations bills receive support from my House colleagues after tireless work from the House Appropriations Committee.

Most importantly, this legislation substantially benefits Tennessee’s Third District. As neighborhoods and communities unite against the toxic opioid crisis, an additional $4 billion in funds are included for treatment, prevention, and to allow local law enforcement to further their mission against this national emergency. In addition, the Chickamauga Lock is a vital piece of infrastructure that supplies jobs and supports the East Tennessee economy. This bill will fully fund this project, and marks another milestone toward the timely completion of the Lock.”

H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed the House with a vote of 256 to 167.