Faso cheers military spending increase in budget deal

Rep. John Faso joined most Republicans in support of the shutdown-ending budget deal that the House passed early Friday morning, praising its increase in military funding and other elements while acknowledging it won’t help the nation’s “looming debt crisis” by raising spending caps.

“Today’s budget deal is a step forward that allows Congress to move on and tackle the problems Americans sent us here to solve,” Faso said in a statement. “This bipartisan agreement includes a number of provisions that are wins for New Yorkers, including strengthening the state of our military readiness, improving care for our veterans, and providing more funding to fight the opioid crisis.”

He conceded the nation’s mounting debt “is not made better by this legislation,” but explained that his support was ”overwhelmingly influenced by the critical defense funding gaps affecting military readiness.” He said Defense Secretary James Mattis had convinced him that spending limits imposed 2011 had affected troops and required rebuilding “core aspects of our national defense.”

The House voted 240-186 on the budget deal, with majorities of Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat, voted against it. The Senate passed it in a 71-28 earlier that morning. Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, supported the deal, while fellow New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand voted against it.

 

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