Womack Votes to Support America’s Allies, Counter China
Washington, DC—July 12, 2023… Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) voted in favor of the FY24 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill which passed out of the House Appropriations Committee today. This legislation funds programs that strengthen our national security, counters the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Communist Party, supports our critical allies, and promotes American values while cutting spending for low-priority, wasteful programs that do not align with American priorities.
Congressman Womack said, “The State and Foreign Operations bill advances national security priorities while cutting spending for programs that don’t align with American interests. It includes substantial funding for Foreign Military Financing for our allies, including Israel and Taiwan, and prohibits funding for unnecessary, unauthorized Special Envoys, including the Iran Special Envoy, and provides increased funding to address the out-of-control passport backlog."
The State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill supports national security, protects American interests, and cuts wasteful spending.
It also directs the Department of State to prioritize and address passport backlogs impacting Americans across the country by augmenting passport and visa fee revenue to reduce processing times for both passports and visas.
The House Appropriations Committee has passed 7 of the 12 FY24 appropriations bills out of committee. Congressman Womack will lead the next committee markup as Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Thursday, July 13.
Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.