CONGRESSMAN BISHOP STATEMENT ON FY 2019 DEFENSE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES FUNDING BILLS

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement regarding the full House Appropriations Committee’s passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Defense Appropriations Act and FY19 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.

Congressman Bishop voted in support of the FY19 Defense Appropriations Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide $674.6 billion to support our nation’s armed forces, an increase of $17.1 billion from FY18.

“I was proud to vote in support of the FY19 Defense Appropriations Act during its consideration in committee, and I look forward to the bill’s consideration on the House floor. This legislation ensures the readiness of our servicemembers by fully funding our military’s equipment and training requirements. This measure, additionally, supplies our forces with a 2.6% raise, the largest in the last nine years. This bill also maintains investment in the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack System (JSTARS), located at Robins Air Force Base, in order to continue to enable our military with this much-needed battlefield management capability. Lastly, this bill takes great steps in caring for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines by investing heavily in medical research for diseases such as, prostate cancer, rare cancers, breast cancer, ALS, and numerous other major diseases.”

However, due to significant concerns over the elimination of election security grants, rollbacks on our consumer and financial protection agencies, and poison pills that attack women’s health, Congressman Bishop could not support the FY19 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.

“Unfortunately, I could not support the FY19 Financial Services and General Government funding bill, which continues the majority’s practice of placing priorities in all the wrong places. The bill eliminates funding needed to replace flawed and outdated voting machines that are susceptible to outside attacks, prohibits funding needed to establish flood risk management standards, handicaps our consumer protection agencies, places restrictions on the ability of women to purchase comprehensive health coverage, underfunds the IRS’s ability to assist taxpayers, and includes a number of unrelated pieces of legislation.”