August 23, 2018
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the passage of the Defense appropriations bill today, as well as the passage of the legislation that will fund the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education.
“Earlier this month, we passed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act – the authorization bill that outlines the policy objectives and authorizations for our military. Today, we fully funded those policies—the rebuilding of our military, the training, the pay increase for our troops—by passing a comprehensive appropriations bill. We’re making progress through regular order so we can continue to lower the likelihood of a continuing resolution.”
Sen. Inhofe and Sen. Cruz also led efforts to protect Second Amendment rights by continuing the prohibition of taxpayer funding from going towards the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Secretariat, or any other international organization established to implement the treaty, before Senate ratification and implementing legislation from both the House and Senate. Sen. Inhofe has ensured this prohibition has remained intact since 2013.
Sen. Inhofe authored an amendment in the appropriations bill that would provide resources to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of World War II. The commemoration would honor our veterans, service members and their families as well as educate the public about World War II.
“As we prepare to mark the 75th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II, it is only right that we recognize the sacrifices of our veterans, our nation and our allies during the war. We owe it to them to ensure the commemoration that will honor their service and educate the next generation about the history of World War II.”
The amendment was supported by community and industry leaders, including Holly Rotondi, the Executive Director of the Friends of the National WWII Memorial, who wrote:
“We believe these activities will seize the public imagination, reflect on our nation’s ability to rally together to preserve our national interest, and be a defining moment in remembering the historic significance of the sacrifices of our veterans and nation during World War II. We urge the U.S. Senate to support a formal commemoration of this critical time in the life of our nation.”
Full letter here.
The legislation also included several key conservative provisions, including prohibitions on federal funding going towards abortion and restricting funding from key Obamacare programs.