12.19.19

Burr, Tillis Deliver Major Wins for North Carolina, Including $2.2 Billion for N.C. Military Installations

Designates $1.6 Billion to N.C. Military Installations for Damage Caused By Hurricane Florence

Today, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted to pass a year-end appropriations package that sends billions of dollars to North Carolina’s military installations, expands health care choices for veterans, and provides security funding for the 2020 RNC Convention in Charlotte.

The package includes a number of wins for North Carolina and the country, including:

  • $2.2 billion for North Carolina’s military bases; including more than $1.1 billion for Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point and New River to recover from Hurricane Florence
  • $8.9 billion for implementation of the VA Mission Act;
  • $50 million in security funding for the 2020 RNC Convention in Charlotte;
  • $1.4 billion for border wall funding;
  • $3.8 billion increase to combat opioid addition;
  • $500 million for programs under the Violence Against Women Act;
  • $550 million for rural broadband expansion;
  • Additional $1.5 billion in agricultural disaster assistance that was unspent from the Fiscal Year 2017 is being reprogrammed to help farmers impacted by 2018 and 2019 natural disasters
  • $400 million increase for USDA state disaster block grants;
  • $43 million in additional funding to help address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS);
  • The highest level of HBCU funding ever.

“After giving a boost to our Armed Forces with the passage of the NDAA earlier this week, Congress today approved a funding bill that delivers big wins for North Carolina,” said Senator Burr. “I’m proud this funding package includes my legislation providing much-needed tax relief to families and businesses still rebuilding from the devastation left by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. It also includes my provisions to improve access to life-changing medical treatments by modernizing Medicare reporting and payment requirements, increase funding for Alzheimer’s and cancer research at the National Institutes of Health, and enhance our biodefense countermeasures. I applaud my Senate colleagues for supporting these important measures and I look forward to this legislation being signed into law.”

“This legislation is a major win for North Carolinians, especially our servicemembers, military families, and veterans,” said Senator Tillis. “I’m proud of the billions of dollars we secured to upgrade North Carolina’s military installations and provide desperately-needed funding for Camp Lejeune to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. I’m also proud of the provisions that will improve the health care options for veterans, help secure the southern border, and combat the opioid epidemic that is impacting so many families across North Carolina.”