Lance Secures Wins in Spending Measure
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) backed the government spending measure this week securing many of his priorities on national security, healthcare and combatting the opioid crisis. This is the first time in twenty-one years Congress has passed all spending measures before the end of the fiscal year.
“Many of my legislative priorities are now heading to the President’s desk. We have funded the largest pay increase for our troops in nine years and met the President’s request for defense spending to combat 21st Century threats. The measure also delivers funding to our committee’s work with our country’s scientists and researchers to lead the way in finding new cures and treatments for rare diseases and cancers. We also continue the fight against substance use disorders and increased efforts to combat the opioid crisis. And finally the measure provides assistance to those communities suffering after Hurricane Florence. Having led the charge in Congress for Hurricane Sandy relief funding I know how important the help and expertise of federal agencies can be after a terrible storm. There is a lot to like in this soon-to-be law,” said Lance, a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
The spending measure appropriated $6.7 billion in funding boosting programs that fight, treat and stop substance abuse as well as support access to mental health services. These resources include increased funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). New Jersey has received $26 million in anti-opioid grant funding secured by Lance, in addition to the substance abuse treatment services funded through Medicaid.
Lance’s Energy and Commerce Committee has had a banner year passing cancer-fighting legislation. The President signed the Committee’s Childhood Cancer STAR Act into law earlier this year in what was considered the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever considered by Congress.
The measure funds many Lance national security priorities:
• $674.4 billion for the Department of Defense.
• Fully funds a 2.6% pay raise – the largest in 9 years – and increases total troop end strength.
• $243.2 billion in Operations and Maintenance to support readiness programs and to train our forces to counter the threats to our national security.
• $148 billion to procure additional ships, aircraft, tanks, weapons and other platforms to ensure our troops have the resources they need.
• Increases funding for research, missile defense and defense health programs.
• Continues support for the Israel Missile Defense programs.
• Provides crucial funding to our partners in the Middle East to counter ISIS and support for Ukraine to resist Russian aggression.
As well as Lance’s Committee priorities:
• $178 billion - $1 billion above FY18 – for medical research, education and job training.
• $90 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services including $39 billion for National Institutes of Health – a $2 billion increase
• Nearly $7 billion to fight the opioid epidemic and funds activities authorized under 21st Century Cures Act. $228 million above FY18 and includes $1.5 billion in state opioid response grants.
• Increased funding for special education and Pell Grants.