Rep. Capito Statement on Omnibus1/15/14
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after voting yes on the fiscal year 2014 omnibus funding bill, which passed the House of Representatives 359-67. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
“By setting priorities, such as ensuring that more children have access to early education through Head Start, fully funding the federal highway bill, and spurring the next generation of energy research, this bill demonstrates that it is possible to reduce spending while supporting programs that are important to West Virginians.This marks the fourth year in a row that Congress has cut spending in its annual appropriations bills, and I am proud to support fiscally responsible legislation that keeps our government open.”
Highlights from the omnibus:
- Delays flood insurance premium increases through Sept. 30, 2014, giving temporary relief for homeowners facing huge premium increases under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.
- $8.6 billion for Head Start early childhood education, $1 billion more than fiscal year 2013.
- Nearly $41 billion for highways, the full amount authorized in last year’s transportation bill.
- $63.2 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department, which will help reduce the claims backlog. This is a $2.3 billion increase from fiscal year 2013.
- $562 million for fossil energy research in states such as West Virginia to develop new clean coal technologies.
- A 1 percent raise for civilian federal employees and U.S. military personnel.
- Prohibits using any money to implement the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty unless the Senate ratifies the treaty.
- Restricts the Justice and Homeland Security departments from creating future programs similar to Fast and Furious.
- Requires the Homeland Security Department to make detailed reports on its purchase and use of ammunition.