Lowey Statement on Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations Minibus
House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) released the following statement on the filing of the conference committee report on the fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations Minibus:
“Although it is not the bill Democrats would have written on our own, this minibus supports clean energy and transformational science programs, provides new resources to treat veterans suffering from the opioid epidemic, funds infrastructure improvements at VA facilities, and creates a new program to compensate House interns for their work. This minibus is also a victory for what it does not include: the extreme anti-environment riders included in the House-passed bills.
“House Democrats stood firm for our values and rejected both insufficient funding levels and partisan riders. As we approach the September 30 deadline, I hope that Republicans and Democrats across the Capitol will continue to work in good faith to complete as many appropriations bills as possible, responsibly invest in the future, and avoid divisive and unnecessary poison pill provisions.”