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House Approves Conservative Victories, Critical Funding for the First District in Funding Bill

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Washington, December 18, 2015 | Mary Carpenter (202-834-0386) | comments
Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (Ga-01) voted in support of the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill today to provide funding for the federal government for the current fiscal year.

“This legislation provides critical funding for the First District and the entire state of Georgia,” Carter said. “I voted for this bill because the largest economic drivers in our district cannot operate without this legislation. It supports our ports in Savannah and Brunswick and ensures construction continues in the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. The bill also provides important construction funds to our military bases, ensures Kings Bay has the resources needed for future missions and, despite shortsighted attempts by the Air Force, fully funds the A-10 Warthog at Moody Air Force Base to keep it flying.”

Carter has been a leader in securing funding for the military interests in the First District in this bill. He testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee earlier this year.

The bill includes $73.7 billion to provide needed resources and training for our troops in the field and to combat the threat of ISIS and other enemies around the world. The legislation also strengthens the security of the Visa Waiver Program to ensure individuals entering the United States with the program are not security risks.

“Our nation and world are under attack by radical Islamic terrorists,” Carter said. “The threats against Americans at home and abroad are too great to ignore. Now more than ever we must strengthen our national defense and support our military to destroy ISIS.”

The legislation also reflects conservative priorities in both funding and policy.

“While I wish this legislation would have gone further to end Washington’s spending addiction and promote conservative principles, it does provide many victories for conservatives and the American people,” Carter said. “The legislation ends the antiquated ban on crude oil exports, supports Second Amendment and pro-life measures, and continues the fight to end Obamacare. The vote today is yet another stepping stone in a far from over fight to rein in spending and push forward conservative values.”

The fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill was passed in the House today with Carter’s support.  The legislation provides a total of $1.149 trillion to fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. This includes $548 billion in defense spending, $73.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations Fund, and $518 billion in non-defense spending. The legislation complies with the budget caps established in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 enacted in November.  
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