Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer voted in support of H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, commonly referred to as the “omnibus.”  This bill provides funding for appropriated programs established under the FY16 budget – including providing for our national defense, strengthening our visa system to prevent terrorists from using loopholes to enter our homeland, solidifying our role as a dominant energy player in the global market, and prohibiting the IRS from targeting conservative groups and citizens for exercising their right to free speech.

“The national security threats to our homeland increase by the day,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  “The biggest danger we face right now is radical Islamic extremists working to enter our country and cause us harm.  I voted in support of the omnibus bill because it not only increases defense funding to provide our military with the necessary resources to keep us safe, but it also closes dangerous loopholes within our visa system that will help prevent terrorists from entering our country.”

“As the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m grateful for Congressman Rouzer’s support on this critical bill to provide our men and women in uniform with much-needed funding to win the fight against terrorism,” said Chairman Mac Thornberry of the House Armed Services Committee.  “The military installations and servicemembers of North Carolina are vital to strengthening and maintaining our national security and the safety of American citizens during this time of great uncertainty.”

H.R. 2029 also includes the following provisions:

  • Prevents the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to American soil;
  • Lifts the crude oil export ban which will strengthen our national security interests and add as much as $170 billion annually to our national gross domestic product (GDP);
  • Secures stability for our farmers through regulatory relief and other helpful measures;
  • Blocks the EPA’s overreach by withholding funding for new or expanded programs, putting its appropriations at 2008 levels;
  • Prevents the IRS from discriminating against and unfairly targeting non-profit conservative groups;
  • Prohibits taxpayer dollars to fund abortions;
  • Prohibits gene editing of human embryos and prohibits funding for the creation and destruction of embryos; and,
  • Prohibits members of Congress from receiving an automatic increase in pay.

H.R. 2029 passed by a vote of 316-113.  The bill now heads to the Senate for its consideration.