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Upton Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Budget Act

Deal contains several provisions important to Michigan

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Kalamazoo, February 9, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018:

"This two-year budget deal properly funds our military and gives our soldiers a pay raise. It makes critical investments in America’s veterans, medical research, community health centers, disaster relief, and infrastructure. Of critical importance to Michigan, it also furthers our efforts to combat opioid abuse and drug addiction. No bipartisan deal such as this is perfect - we came together and both sides made compromises. Folks in Michigan and across the country are sick of the dysfunction, it's time to get our government working again for the people we serve. Today's two-year bipartisan budget agreement is a great first step."

The Bipartisan Budget Act includes several provisions championed by Upton and important to Michigan:  

  • $2 billion in funding over two years for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 
  • $6 billion over two years to bolster the ongoing fight against opioid addiction and substance abuse by funding grants, prevention programs, and law enforcement efforts in vulnerable communities across the country. 
  • $20 billion new investment in America’s infrastructure.
  • $90 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief efforts for communities crippled by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and Texas.
  • Includes a package of bipartisan Medicare provisions, known as Medicare extenders, and funding for community health centers.
  • Includes an additional four years of authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • Provides for America’s veterans by helping reduce the maintenance backlog at the Veterans Administration. 
  • Lifts the debt limit through March 1, 2019. 

 

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