Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes to Fund Critical Hawai‘i, Nationwide Programs

March 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted to pass the FY 2018 omnibus spending package that funds critical investments and programs in Hawai‘i and across the country. The bipartisan legislation invests in key missile defense capabilities, opioid treatment and prevention measures, veterans’ healthcare, rural infrastructure, affordable housing programs, and more.  H.R. 1625 passed the House by a vote of 256-167.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said:

“While I have serious concerns about portions of this spending bill, it funds critical programs and necessary investments to address the many challenges facing our communities and ends the destructive trend of temporary funding bills that cause uncertainty and have threatened multiple government shutdowns. As Hawai‘i faces a severe lack of affordable housing and the worst ranked infrastructure in the nation, this legislation will increase funding for highway upgrades, expand affordable housing programs, invest in our rural infrastructure, and more. It also increases funding to fight the opioid epidemic in Hawai‘i and nationwide, and ensures our healthcare workforce, community health centers, and rural and Native Hawaiian health care programs receive funding to continue serving our community.   

“There is no greater and more urgent threat to the safety, welfare, and peace of the American people than the threat of a nuclear attack from North Korea. This legislation increases funding for critical ballistic missile defense systems, and nearly triples funding for the Homeland Defense Radar - Hawai‘i to help strengthen the defense of our islands and our people. 

“In passing this legislation today, Congress has carried out the bare minimum of its responsibilities, but has by no means set an example of good governance. We cannot continue to govern with brinksmanship and partisan divides, narrowly dodging government shutdowns, and with deals cut behind closed doors, leaving communities across the country hanging in the balance. The American people deserve a Congress that puts people before politics.”

Key provisions for Hawai‘i in this legislation include:

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