Foster Statement on 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) released the following statement on the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act:
“I supported this omnibus bill, which represents a clear and final rejection of President Trump’s flawed budget. It includes funding for critical areas, including infrastructure, election protection, scientific research, and treatment for opioid addiction. It also gives our military servicemen and women a well-deserved raise.
I am especially pleased that this legislation would give the Centers for Disease Control the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence. The National Science Foundation would receive a nearly $300 million increase. The Department of Energy Office of Science would also receive an increase of $868 million increase, a 15% increase. These increases would go a long way to make sure our country remains a leader in scientific research and innovation.
Republicans once again failed to deliver a spending bill in ample time for proper review and consideration. The inclusion of funding for security protections on our Southern border with Mexico is a waste of resources we could allot elsewhere. Despite these shortcomings, this bill is a step in the right direction.”