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Luetkemeyer Supports Vital Funding for Defense and Infrastructure

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Washington, March 22, 2018 | comments

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the government through fiscal year 2018, including critical funding for our military and infrastructure. “Funding our government is one of the most basic responsibilities of the United States Congress,” said Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), who voted in support of the legislation. “Today, we have provided critical funding for our nation’s military, infrastructure, and many other important programs. Our men and women in uniform will be getting a well-deserved pay raise, we will boost our response to the opioid crisis, and we will see significant investments in our communities, including rural broadband expansion.”

Congressman Luetkemeyer voted to:

  • Fully fund a 2.4% pay raise for the military.
  • Fund military readiness efforts, infrastructure, and equipment recapitalization and modernization to close the critical readiness gap our military currently faces.
  • Fund rural development and infrastructure, including expedited rural broadband expansion.
  • Boost our response to the opioid crisis, by providing $4 billion, the largest investment to date, to help address prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues.
  • Provide $130 million for the Rural Communities Opioid Response program, striving to reach rural communities that have been hit especially hard by the opioid crisis.
  • Increase funding for the Department of Transportation to fund projects that increase efficiency, safety, and reliability by improving and maintaining our nation’s transportation infrastructure.
  • Authorize a short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program and reauthorize it through the end of July, in order to give Congress the opportunity to make meaningful reforms and protect taxpayers.


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