WASHINGTON – The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 raises our spending caps by $300 billion dollars over the next two years, boosting military funding by $160 billion and allocating $128 billion to non-defense spending. There was an additional $89 billion allocated in response to recent national disasters. In 2014 we authorized a two year spending increase of $64 billion, and in 2016 we authorized a two year spending cap increase of $80 billion. This $300 billion increase is more than double the amount of the previous two spending cap increases combined.
Congressman Rice issued the following statement in response to the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018:
“I have always been a proponent of ensuring our military has the resources they need to defend our country. It is unfair that our troops have faced uncertainty due to Congress’s multiple short-term spending solutions. However, the budget deal is fiscally irresponsible, resulting in trillion dollar deficits in each of the next two years. I could not in good conscience vote for a bill that busts through the spending caps that Congress agreed to in 2011.This bill will place insurmountable debt on generations to come, and my constituents deserve better.”