ROSEN VOTES FOR OMNIBUS BILL
Spending package excludes funding for Yucca Mountain licensing, includes provisions that help Nevada’s working families, and increases pay for servicemembers
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after voting for the omnibus spending bill, which will fund the government through September 30, 2018.
“While I'm disappointed this omnibus does not include important provisions to stabilize health care or protect our Dreamers, this compromise legislation includes a number of important provisions that will help Nevada’s hardworking families,” said Rosen. “This spending package includes provisions that protect Nevada’s economy by barring federal interference in states where medical marijuana is legal, excluding funding for Yucca Mountain licensing, and covering unbudgeted overtime for our first responders after 1 October. For the first time in decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will finally be empowered to study and collect data to help us research our gun violence epidemic, although there is still much more to be done to prevent senseless tragedies. The omnibus also makes bold investments in our military and provides a pay increase for our troops, along with substantial improvements to programs that help our veterans. There are many good things in this spending package, but it’s also past time for Republicans in Congress to stabilize the health care markets and finally bring permanent relief to our Dreamers, whose lives remain in limbo. I will continue to call on congressional leadership to act to lower health care costs for Nevadans and give Nevada's Dreamers a path to full and equal citizenship.”
BACKGROUND: The Fiscal Year 2018 spending bill includes numerous wins for Nevadans, including a 2.4% pay raise for Members of the Armed Services, including those stationed at Nellis, Creech, and Fallon; $16 million to assist law enforcement agencies with emergencies like the October 1 shooting; $685 million for expansion of rural broadband service; and no funding for Yucca Mountain licensing. The FY18 omnibus also includes $705.8 million for Israeli missile defense, fully funding Rep. Rosen’s Defend Israel Act, which was signed into law as part of last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, and it prohibits the use of funds by the Justice Department to prosecute individuals for the sale, possession, and use of medical marijuana, using language co-sponsored by Rep. Rosen last year.
In addition to co-sponsoring the DREAM Act, Congresswoman Rosen is an original co-sponsor of the United and Securing America (USA) Act, a bipartisan bill that has 28 GOP co-sponsors and 28 Democratic co-sponsors. This legislation would provide a legal pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and help secure our southern border. Rosen also sent a letter with 34 of her Republican and Democratic House colleagues to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to open floor debate and allow a vote on proposals that fix the Trump Administration’s manufactured DACA crisis.