14th District Congressman Tom Graves opposed the Fiscal
Year 2020 spending bill. As the Republican Leader of Appropriations
Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Graves specifically
opposed the bill increasing spending over last year’s amount by 8 percent, or
Congressman Graves voiced his concerns as follows:
The total level of discretionary spending in this bill amounts to
an 8 percent increase over last year. It also blocks funds to build a
wall to secure our southern border. I’m also deeply concerned that it would
provide the District of Columbia with a blank check without oversight, not to
mention it would change current policy to allow the District to use taxpayer
funding for abortions. As long as this bill contains these provisions it
will never be signed into law.
The bill passed out of Subcommittee and is expected to be marked
up by the full Appropriations Committee next week before heading to the House
floor for a vote.
Last year, under Congressman Graves’ leadership as Chairman of the
Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, $585 million was cut
from across the Fiscal Year 2019 spending bill. The bill created the Fund for
America’s Kids and Grandkids, which safeguards funds for future generations.
The money saved was used to make an initial deposit in the fund, which could
only be accessed when the nation’s budget deficit is erased.