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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Early today, the Senate passed a bill that sets federal funding levels for the remainder of the fiscal year, providing the biggest defense spending increase in fifteen years and the largest pay increase for our troops in close to a decade. In addition, it makes significant investments in addressing school safety, fighting the opioid epidemic, and combatting substance abuse. As Chairman of the Interior Appropriations subcommittee and member of the Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), had a significant role in crafting the final product, which includes funding programs critical to Alaska, many of which the administration proposed to be cut.
“Through this bill, we make significant investments in addressing some of our nation’s most dire needs. Public safety is a top priority and as we reinvest in our nation’s defense we also must protect Americans from threats as well as prioritize our students by making their schools safer and more secure. We also direct significant resources for prevention, treatment, and enforcement to combat the opioid epidemic,” said Senator Murkowski. “We target funding and provide resources where they are most needed. I’m proud of the work we have done to empower Alaskans to build our economy and create healthy communities for our families. These investments will have a long-lasting impact on our state and nation.”
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This Consolidated Appropriations Act completes the Fiscal Year 2018 funding cycle and includes all 12 of the annual appropriations bills for the fiscal year. Click here for provisions Senator Murkowski secured in the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee portion of the bill.