By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the House Budget Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) voted in favor of the budget in Committee while admitting it was far from perfect.
Congressman Palmer said, “The budget passed by the House Budget Committee is far from perfect, but it begins to address the nation’s financial crisis. I voted in favor of advancing the budget for a few reasons. According to GAO, the government made more than $140 billion in improper payments in 2016 alone. With this budget, we will save over $700 billion through common sense, stopping improper payments. The budget provides the Department of Defense robust funding to be used for troop training, equipment, and improved readiness in the wake of unprecedented national security threats. The Department of Homeland Security will also be fully funded allowing us to protect our borders and keep America safe from outside threats. While there are more steps and additions necessary to improve this budget and our country’s fiscal health, we have taken the first step to building a better America and a better economy for future generations.”