Funding Initiatives That Help Us All
Now that the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill has been signed into law, many Americans will benefit from the wide range of funding that supports the nation’s health, economy and military. The Department of Defense and the military will receive the largest increase in discretionary spending this year, but there are also important spending increases that are directed toward programs that are critical to protecting and serving the nation’s wellbeing, workforce and schools. The Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education and Related Agencies portion of the bill, which I oversee, reflects values that all Americans share, and I am proud it contains key conservative priorities that are responsibly allocated. The bill allows for substantial investments in combating opioid abuse, medical research, public health, biodefense, early childhood education and job growth support, among others. It also continues the extension of pro-life provisions, including the Hyde amendment, which prohibits federal funding from being used for abortions. Additionally, the Weldon amendment provides conscience protection for doctors, nurses and others who do not wish to participate in abortions.
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