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House Approves Border Wall Construction, Critical Support for the First District in Funding Bill

Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) voted in support of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act today to fund national security and First District priorities for fiscal year 2018. 

This legislation includes critical funding for the First District of Georgia including $50.06 million for the construction of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and a combined $37.97 million for operations and maintenance of the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick. Additionally, the legislation includes $842.85 million for the continued procurement and $776.19 million for the continued research and development of the new class of submarines set to replace the existing Ohio-class SSBNs currently homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and $109 million for A-10 Thunderbolt wing replacements. 

"I am proud to support this legislation today because it provides critical funding for the largest economic drivers in the First District," Carter said. "The Make America Secure Appropriations Act ensures construction continues on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and supports our ports in Brunswick and Savannah. The bill also provides funding to ensure there are no interruptions in future missions at Kings Bay and keeps the A-10 flying."

The legislation also provides $1.6 billion for construction of a Southern border wall. 

"The number one responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense," Carter said. "Unfortunately, the federal government has failed to fulfill this responsibility with a lack of border security. I have had the opportunity to see the dire situation at the Southwest border firsthand and I understand the threats coming through the border into our nation. This legislation provides the resources necessary to begin construction on a Southern border wall to protect Americans from the threats of illegal immigration."

Carter has been a leader in securing funding for a Southern border wall. He recently sent a letter to House leadership requesting action on funding for a wall before August.  

The Make America Secure Appropriations Act was passed with Carter's support. The legislation provides $658.1 billion to the Department of Defense to rebuild our military and ensure our troops have the training and equipment needed, $88.8 billion for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs, $37.6 billion for energy and water development, and $1.6 billion for construction of the Southern border wall.