Washington, DC — Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) released the following statement today after passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of new federal funding that will support our servicemembers and invest in critical drivers of our economy. The funding comes as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act.

“I supported today’s funding bill because it invests in Ventura County’s priorities. As the proud representative of Naval Base Ventura County, it is imperative that our servicemembers receive the support they deserve, and this bill provides them with a very well-earned pay raise. This legislation also invests in the critical drivers of our economy, including life-saving medical research, increased Pell grants to help students afford higher education, and more resources for apprenticeships and career and technical education so everyone can succeed in the 21st Century economy. This bill also protects and makes key investments in programs that help support our seniors, children, those living with poverty, and those suffering from the opioid crisis.

“This bill represents how our government should function — working across the aisle to advance our shared goals. I hope we can continue to work in this manner going forward.”

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