Leahy REAX As Senate Passes Consolidated Appropriations Bill In Strong Bipartisan Vote

. . . Bipartisan Support For The Bill Rejects Many Cuts Proposed By President Trump, Denies Funds For A New Southern Border Wall, And Increases Or Maintains Funding For National Institutes Of Health, EPA and Other Agencies Targeted By The Trump Budget Proposal

In a strong bipartisan vote of 79 to 18, the United States Senate Thursday afternoon passed the Consolidated Appropriations Bill, rejecting steep cuts proposed by the White House.  The bill, which also received bipartisan support in the House, now moves to the President’s desk.  The White House has indicated that President Trump will sign the bill into law. 

The bill is Senator Patrick Leahy’s first appropriation bill negotiated and managed under his new role as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Leahy succeeded in including a long list of Vermont’s priorities in the bill, including maintaining and preserving funding for LIHEAP, rejecting the Trump administration’s proposed elimination of cleanup funding for Lake Champlain, and preserving the Environmental Protection Agency.  The bill also turned down the White House’s request for taxpayer funds for construction of a new wall along the Southern Border. 

When the appropriations bill is signed into law, it will be the most significant legislation yet enacted in the 115th Congress.

Leahy’s statement on the bill can be found HERE: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/senate-appropriations-committee-vice-chair-patrick-leahy-statement-on-the-consolidated-appropriations-bill

An overview of Vermont Highlights can be found HERE: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/vermont-highlights-in-the-budget-agreement-negotiated-by-appropriations-committee-vice-chairman-leahy-and-other-appropriations-leaders

An overview of the entire bill can be found HERE: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/summary-fiscal-year-2017-consolidated-appropriations-bill

Text of the bill can be found HERE: https://rules.house.gov/sites/republicans.rules.house.gov/files/115/OMNI/CPRT-115-HPRT-RU00-SAHR244-AMNT.pdf

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