Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after the House passed the second appropriations package of fiscal year (FY) 2019, H.R. 6147, the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Act. This legislation provides programs across the federal government, including the National Park Service, the Small Business Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service, a total of $58.675 billion in discretionary funding for FY 2019.
“In addition to boosting the economy by funding small business grants and ensuring smooth implementation of historic tax reforms enacted last year, this legislation brings accountability to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and invests in important programs like the Safe Drinking Water Technical Assistance grant to help Arkansans improve water quality. I am proud to support it and proud that the House continues to make progress on annual appropriations bills ahead of our September 30th deadline. Funding the government is our duty. Unfortunately, in the past five years, we have only successfully done so once in 60 times. As co-chair of the Joint Select Committee tasked with reforming our flawed budget and appropriations process, I am working to find the solutions necessary to ensure we can fulfill this fundamental responsibility.”
Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget and is a member of the House Appropriations defense, military construction-veterans affairs, and labor-health and human services subcommittees.