Rep. Calvert Votes for Critical Military, Health and Education Funding

September 27, 2018
Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (361 to 61) of the House of Representatives to approve the Conference Report to the Department of Defense, and the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019. Rep. Calvert is the Vice-Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and was a member of the Conference Committee for this bill.


“Providing our men and women in uniform with the tools, training and resources they need to carry out their challenging missions is one of the most important Congressional responsibilities,” said Rep. Calvert. “The bill approved today makes much needed investments to rebuild our military and gives our troops a much deserved pay raise. Getting this funding to our military on time will make a big impact – something I’m hopeful we can make the norm rather than the exception in the future.”


“I am also glad we were able to provide a funding increase for the National Institutes of Health and the vital research they make possible to find cures for serious illnesses and diseases. The bill also provides a record, robust level of funding to combat the opioid epidemic and activities authorized under the 21st Century Cures Act. As a strong supporter of empowering parents, I supported the increased funding in the bill for charter schools.”


This package of bills also includes a short-term “Continuing Resolution (CR),” which will provide continued funding to keep the federal government operating until all yearly Appropriations funding bills can be signed into law. The CR extends current levels of funding for federal agencies until December 7, 2018.


Bill Highlights

(Provided by the House Appropriations Committee)


Defense Appropriations:


  • The bill continues to rebuild the military with a boost of $17 billion above the fiscal year 2018 level in base discretionary funding.


  • Supports our warfighters by including the authorized 2.6% pay raise for our troops – the largest such pay raise in nine years.


  • Boosts troop levels – supports 1,338,100 active-duty troops and 817,700 Guard and Reserve troops and meets the requested 16,400 end-strength increase.


  • Cares for our troops, military families, and retirees by including $34.4 billion for the Defense Health Program.


  • Includes funding above the request for cancer research, traumatic brain injury and psychological health research, and sexual assault prevention and response.



Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations:


  • Includes vital funding for the National Institutes of Health – $39 billion, an increase of $2 billion – for research to cure diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.


  • Saves taxpayers $50 million in future appropriations by creating the first Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund, where funds only become available for use in the event of a future public health emergency.


  • Encourages economic growth with funding for job training programs and grants, Job Corps, and veterans employment services.


  • Prepares the next generation through education programs, including college preparation and Pell grant funding, special education programs, pre-school grants, charter schools, and state support and achievement grants.


  • Helps to combat the opioid epidemic by providing $6.7 billion, a historic level of funding, for programs that fight, treat, and stop substance abuse and support access to mental health services. This includes $5.7 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a $584 million increase. This will fund activities authorized under the 21st Century Cures Act and other addiction and recovery programs. The legislation also provides increases for State opioid response grants and criminal justice programs such as drug courts.