Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Releases Summary For Defense/LHHS “Minibus” Appropriations Package

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018) – Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released a summary compiled by the Senate Appropriations Committee Minority staff of the conference agreement for the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies “minibus” appropriations package. 

Leahy said: “This agreement invests in the American people and ensures that the government remains open into December.  Just as importantly, Congress, Republicans and Democrats, rejected President Trump’s draconian budget cuts, which would have slashed programs in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill by $10.7 billion.

“We make good on our promise to families to invest in access to higher education and child care.  We make a second major investment in addressing the opioid crisis.  And we put the force of the United States Government behind the search for cures to diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes by increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health.  

“We invest in our military and their families, allowing the men and women in our Armed Forces to carry out their missions safely and effectively.  By investing in both our immediate national security needs and our long term domestic needs, like education and health care, this package recognizes the deep ties that run between defense and non-defense priorities. 

“Together, these bills demonstrate the importance of the bipartisan budget agreement reached earlier this year and are free of poison pill riders.  In these two bills, the priorities outlined in that agreement are made into real policy to improve the lives of the American people.”

Defense Summary Available HERE: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/defense-summary-?peek=aMm4l0QjzMO0ucin3ODGuA3%2F9JIN3a%2Fg9mea2epImwZn141M

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies HERE: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/labor-health-and-human-services-education-and-related-agencies?peek=bdXSzaIP1tTgisJtcZ6q1txkMkbACQbQeReNvfxejUaK7bDG

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