WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week the Rules Committee held three meetings, heard testimony from dozens of Members, and made in order 126 amendments on the Make America Secure Appropriations Act – a four-piece national security funding package for Defense Appropriations, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations, Energy and Water Appropriations, and Legislative Branch Appropriations. U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House released a statement regarding the passage of this important package:
“This package responsibly funds our nation’s national security interests, provides necessary resources to care for our veterans, bolsters our nuclear programs, boosts funding for Capitol Police, and specifically addresses our border security needs.
"Year after year I have gone down to the border and talked with patrol agents, met with law enforcement, and learned about the increasingly difficult challenges that they face on our southern border. That is why I felt it was necessary to ensure that we responsibly allocate resources to protect our southern border where there are frailties and develop a plan for how to move forward in securing our border. I believe this is a critical element in gaining operational control of our border and I will continue to work to bolster these efforts with technology, surveillance, and other measures to secure our borders.”
"In addition to protecting our sovereignty, this package also boosts funding for defense and fully funds the largest military pay increase in eight years. Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line to protect our interests both at home and abroad. We must show them that we are behind them, and this bill does that.
"This package also supports the brave heroes who valiantly fought and served our great nation. I am pleased that this package cares for our nation’s heroes by providing the highest level of funding ever for the Department of Veterans Affairs and supports medical care for the 7 million VA patients across the country.
"I am proud of the hard work of the Appropriations Committee as well as all of the Members who worked to make this bill better and better with their thoughts and ideas that they brought to the Rules Committee. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly consider this important package so we can send it to the President’s desk for his signature."
Caroline Boothe, Communications Director