Representative Peter Roskam (IL-06) voted today on H.R. 1625, the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill for Federal Fiscal Year 2018. Rep. Roskam released the following statement:
"Today I voted on an important bill to fund the government through Fiscal Year 2018. The funding included in this bill is vital to our national security, safety in our schools and combating opioid abuse, and allows us to focus on doing the jobs we were sent here to do instead of kicking the can down the road yet again. Passing this funding bill allows us to move forward with important programs that impact our district.
"The omnibus bill is the product of thousands of hours of consideration and debate by members of Congress. The final package increased funding for crucial federal programs and included a substantial investment to help rebuild our country's infrastructure. The bill also included a significant investment in our national defense during this period of global unrest.
"The programs funded in this bill will help fight our growing opioid epidemic, keep our children safe and address mental health in our nation. These are priorities that matter to me and to my constituents."
Included in the Omnibus bill:
Funding to combat the rise in opioid abuse -- In 2016, more than 42,000 Americans died from opioid-related drug overdoses -- five times the rate in 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, Rep. Roskam is committed to standing on the front lines with our communities and healthcare professionals to fight this crisis. The nearly $4 billion in resources included in this Omnibus to fight opioid abuse is the largest appropriation to date and will be used for opioid treatment, rehabilitation and prevention.
Pay raises for our military servicemembers -- Our servicemembers dedicate their lives to the security and freedom our nation enjoys -- the Omnibus package shows our gratitude to them by giving them a well-earned and much-deserved pay raise. The 2.4 percent pay raise included in this bill is their largest pay raise in eight years.
Funding for school safety -- It is our responsibility as a society to ensure that children have a positive and safe learning environment -- the STOP School Violence Act allows us to take the necessary steps to protect our children in their schools. The Omnibus funds this bill that Rep. Roskam voted for and provides an additional $213 million to the Department of Justice, $1.9 billion to the Department of Education and $205 million to the Department of Health and Human Services in resources to prevent violence in our schools and keep our children safe.
Funding for the House Democracy Partnership and the National Endowment for Democracy -- The Omnibus included robust funding for Democracy Programs abroad, including sustained funding for the National Endowment for Democracy and the House Democracy partnership (Co-Chaired by Rep. Roskam) so these important bodies can continue bolstering democratic institutions around the world.