Rep. Chu Statement on “Minibus” Funding Package
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a “minibus” appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2018 that includes the Defense, Energy & Water, Military Construction & Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills. Although the “minibus” does not include the Homeland Security appropriations bill, it included $1.6 billion in funding for a border wall through a self-executing rule. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:
“Funding our government, especially our military, should be bipartisan. And so I’m disappointed that Republicans added so many partisan measures to this must-pass bill. For starters, it violates the Budget Control Act by exceeding the $549 billion cap on defense spending, which means, without Congressional action, all defense accounts will face a 13% across the board sequester cut. It also further widens the immense gap between our defense and domestic spending, a gap which largely benefits military contractors, not American families.
“It’s also incredibly troubling that this bill includes $1.6 billion to fund an ineffective and divisive border wall. Funding this immoral border wall only serves to fulfill President Trump’s dangerous campaign promises rooted in anti-immigrant and xenophobic hysteria, and does nothing to make Americans more safe. Instead, it threatens immigrant families and walls us off from our neighbors. It has no place in this legislation, and should not be built at all.
“Other partisan poison pills added to this bill include language to weaken the Clean Water Act, and attacks on programs like the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), which make critical investments in clean energy and advance energy research. It’s clear this was more about partisanship than actually passing a budget that serves our military and our nation. I’m opposed to this measure and encourage my Republican colleagues to approach the rest of the budget process with more bipartisan good faith.”