U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised the Senate passage of the conference report for appropriations bills that will fund the Department of Defense, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education.
“Today, we are one step closer to fully funding our military before the start of the fiscal year,” Inhofe said. “With this legislation, we’ll fully fund the priorities in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act and ensure that the men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform have the training, resources and equipment they need to complete their mission. Unlike any other time in our nation’s history, we are facing diverse and wide-ranging threats. It has never been more important to ensure our military has stable, reliable, adequate and on time funding. I applaud my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee for their work and look forward to the House passing the legislation quickly.”
Also included in the Labor-Health & Human Services division of the legislation is a provision that will provide $25 million to support graduate medical education programs, like those at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.
“Oklahoma’s medical schools are the backbone to providing high-quality care for our state’s Medicaid recipients. By providing additional funding for graduate medical education programs, like those in Oklahoma, we can support our medical schools and the continuation of care for our Medicaid population.”