Cicilline Secures House Passage of Priorities in Spending Package

Cicilline Secures House Passage of Priorities in Spending Package

Jennifer.Bell2…

Thu, 07/14/2022 - 09:41

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today secured House passage of multiple bills and provisions in the House version of the annual defense spending bill for Fiscal Year 2023. Among the priorities included in H.R. 7900 are the Congressman’s AMIGOS ActVet Center Improvement Act, Justice for Servicemembers Act, and a provision he authored to reauthorize State Department’s Global Engagement Center.
 
“I’m proud to have secured the inclusion of many of my top priorities for this year’s defense spending bill. These polices will help improve and grow Rhode Island’s economy, provide better care and employment protections for our veterans and servicemembers, and ensure that we can continue to combat foreign disinformation and misinformation campaigns.
 
“As we continue to our work to build an economy that works for everyone, we need to be investing in our communities. A key driver of economic development should be further engaging with our international partners where there is room for growth. The AMIGOS Act supports the US-Portuguese relationship and in doing so, promotes jobs in both countries and growth in US businesses and our economy.
 
“The Vet Center Improvement Act and Justice for Servicemembers Act deliver on our promises to those who are currently and have previously served in our nation’s military. Vet Centers are a critical resource for our men and women in uniform and the Vet Center Improvement Act will help ensure that these centers and their staff have the resources to meet the needs of our country’s heroes. The Justice for Servicemembers Act would protect the rights of servicemembers and their families under the Servicemember Civil Relief Act and ensure that every member of the Armed Forces has the right to go to court and not to be forced into mandatory arbitration.
 
“The State Department’s Global Engagement Center was established to coordinate the US Government’s efforts to counter foreign propaganda that undermines our interests. My amendment guarantees that this important work can continue uninterrupted at a time when we are seeing rampant disinformation and propaganda from China, Russia, and other foreign actors.
 
“Spending packages are a key indicator of our nation’s priorities, which is why I will work to make sure that each of these provisions are also included in the final bill sent to the President’s desk.”
 

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