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Upton Statement on Passage of Omnibus

Bipartisan deal includes several priorities important to Michigan

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Washington, March 22, 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 H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018:

“This bill contains many wins for Southwest Michigan; Full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, funding to continue addressing the opioid crisis, funding for mental health initiatives made possible through our 21st Century Cures Act, and new funding for innovative medical research. It also includes common-sense fixes to tighten gun background checks and school safety. And we can’t forget it properly funds our military and contains a well-earned pay raise for our troops.

“I’ve always fought for robust Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding as it is so important for safe drinking water, keeping Asian Carp out of our lakes, and the vitality of our Great Lakes economy and ecosystem.

“The opioid epidemic is tearing through our communities and I was pleased to see additional funding go to states to help address this issue at the local level.

“Mental health and innovative medical research are another top priority and it’s a great sign that we’re funding these important initiatives that will help find cures for diseases and help those suffering from mental health issues.”

H.R. 1625 is the “omnibus” appropriations bill that allocates funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 to virtually every federal department and agency pursuant to the two-year budget agreement Congress reached in February.

Upton had previously led bipartisan efforts for opioid, Great Lakes, NIH, and mental health funding as well as tightening background checks and school safety.

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