Denham on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Jeff Denham today released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 2055 the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:

“Today, I voted with my House colleagues to pass a bipartisan, bicameral government funding agreement that removes barriers to job growth and cuts discretionary spending for the second year in a row for the first time since World War II. In total, Congress will have cut discretionary spending by $95 billion compared to FY 2010, including cuts to our own House of Representative’s budget.

“This bill provides funding for disaster aid and recovery assistance and includes several provisions to increase domestic energy production. The legislation also includes pay raises for our troops and expands healthcare options and access to care for veterans in rural areas to ensure they receive the highest level of care possible. All in all, this bill will help reduce our deficit and get our budgets back into balance so we can create a better environment for job growth.

“The House of Representatives has passed many pro-growth and deficit reduction measures this year; unfortunately, Americans have not seen the effects many of these job-creating bills due to inaction in the Senate. This bill provides certainty for the American people, and I urge the Senate and President to act quickly to pass this and our Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation bill.”