Despite a few weeks of turmoil in Washington, House Republicans are continuing to deliver results for the American people, just as we have done since taking the Majority back in January.
Under Speaker Mike Johnson’s leadership, the first thing we did last week was pass a bipartisan resolution standing with Israel as it defends itself against Hamas and other terrorists. I was proud to join 412 of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in passing this resolution because America will always stand with Israel.
After passing this resolution, House Republicans passed the next stand-alone Appropriations bill. We passed the Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill, which supports our national security by modernizing our nuclear systems and promoting energy security and economic competitiveness, all while clawing back more than $5.5 billion of wasteful spending in Biden’s so-called Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). This bill also prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars to advance Critical Race Theory (CRT) or to implement Biden admin executive orders on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Overall, this bill is a win for the American people and reins in government overreach and wasteful spending.
The House has now passed 5 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills, and we are working on 3 more this week. We’ve passed the Defense Appropriations bill which modernizes the military, gives our servicemembers the tools they need, and ensures we are countering China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, all while cutting over a billion dollars in waste.
We blocked $20 billion in ridiculous requests from President Biden and instead focused every dollar to address our warfighting needs, keep America safe, and support servicemembers and their families. We also passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill to fully fund veteran’s programs and give our veterans the care they deserve.
We’re making our national security (which includes border security) a top priority, as well. That’s why the House-passed Homeland Security Appropriations bill provides record funding to build the wall, hire new Border Patrol agents, and stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into our communities, all while cutting over a billion dollars from last year’s spending. For example, we cancelled $312 million for climate change activities in the IRA and redirected money to secure the border. We also cut out $4.7 billion for a Biden admin slush fund to process and release more illegal aliens into our country. These are just the highlights of some of the wins in the bills we’ve passed, and we’ve got a lot more coming down the road.
House Republicans are continuing to work for you, and we are not slowing down anytime soon. We’ve got a wide-open border, high inflation, rising fuel prices, and an Administration that is hell-bent on pushing our national debt even higher. That’s why we are tackling all these problems headfirst and refuse to give up or back down.
Jerry Carl represents Alabama’s First Congressional District. He lives in Mobile with his wife Tina.