US House Passes Red Tape Cutting Appropriations Bill

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The Office of Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, had the following statement after the passage of a very reform minded appropriations bill:

“Our budget should focus on bringing about real change rather than creating more red tape for the American people. This legislation ensures taxpayer dollars are not wasted. Specifically, it fully repeals the damaging Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, eliminates needless EPA regulation, and supports our small businesses. Additionally, this bill prioritizes life by ensuring taxpayer dollars do not go towards funding abortions. I am proud to support this bill.”

FUNDING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Interior and Environment Appropriations

  • Reduces funding for the EPA by $100 million to help eliminate needless regulation
  • Targets funding to support infrastructure programs, including safe drinking water and cleanup of Superfunds like the San Jacinto River Waste Pits
  • Fully repeals damaging Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule
  • Supports Payment In lieu of Taxes, which directs funds to local governments in the Eighth District of Texas
  • Provides funding for the National Parks Service to protect our nation’s natural splendor

Financial Services and General Government Appropriations

  • Allocates $11.6 billion for the IRS targeted to implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • Combats the opioid epidemic by providing $415 million for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, including $280 million for High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas
  • Enforces sanctions on terrorists and rogue states by providing $161 million for the Treasury Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
  • Includes full funding to support $30 billion in small business loans
  • Protects the sanctity of life by ensuring tax payer dollars do not go towards abortions

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