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Rep. Rosendale Votes In Favor Of Department Of Defense, Department Of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, State And Foreign Operations Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) voted in favor of the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and State and Foreign Operations appropriations bills.

“This evening, I was proud to vote in favor of four appropriations bills and take a step in the right direction to fund our federal government responsibly and transparently,” said Rep. Rosendale. “In January, I fought hard for regular order to be restored to Congress. Part of that fight included single-subject legislation and the promise to deliver the 12 appropriations bills to the American people to cut spending and put an end to the Left’s agenda. “Over the last few weeks, I made it very clear that I would not support a continuing resolution that would extend Nancy Pelosi’s budget and Joe Biden’s policies and fought hard to bring the appropriations bills forward through regular order. “I am proud of the work we did to secure enormous wins for our national security and military families, all while putting an end to the Left’s social experiment on our military. The Department of Defense appropriations bill includes a 5.2% raise for our servicemembers and prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding gender transition surgeries in the military and reimbursements for abortion-related services. On top of that, the bill also ends Biden’s Green New Deal Agenda being inflicted on our military by preventing military funding from being used for climate change programs. I am also pleased that two of my amendments were included in the bill to prohibit COVID-19 mask mandates at the Department of Defense and prohibit members of the Armed Forces or civilian employees of the Department of Defense from being forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. “I am proud of the work we did to put together a comprehensive bill to secure our nation’s borders and cut Sec. Mayorkas’ salary to $0. Sec. Mayorkas has been derelict in his duties and doesn’t deserve another penny from taxpayers. This bill funds 22,000 border patrol agents, provides $2 billion in funding for physical barriers, and prohibits the dismantling or removal of existing border barriers. I am also pleased that my amendment to reauthorize ICE to conduct raids and detain illegals on jobsites was included. “I am proud of the work we did to support our farmers, and ranchers across Montana. The agriculture appropriations bill maintains support for the agricultural industry, assuring a safe and affordable food supply. It also protects American farmers by preventing the purchase of our farmland by foreign adversaries and cuts wasteful spending by eliminating funding for climate change research and prohibits funds for the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Unfortunately, it did not pass, so we have more work to do on this. “After hundreds of amendments and hours of debate, the House of Representatives delivered wins for the American people and demonstrated how Congress is supposed to function. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass these critical pieces of legislation and will continue to stay and work through this process until we deliver all 12 bills.”