Sinema Votes for Bipartisan Government Funding Bill


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Contact: Macey Matthews

Phone: 202-225-9888



Sinema Votes for Bipartisan Government Funding Bill



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema voted for the FY17 Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund the government through September 2017. The legislation, supported by a bipartisan majority, invests in smart border security, increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and supports our military.

“Today’s action shows how much we can accomplish when we work together to find real solutions to our country’s challenges,” said Congresswoman Sinema. "This legislation supports programs important to Arizonans and strengthens our economic and national security. Congress must now come together to find a long-term solution that lowers our deficit and prioritizes the values of today and needs of tomorrow.”

The FY17 Omnibus Appropriations contains a number of provisions that directly benefit Arizona, including:

  • $1.5 billion for border security, including deploying technology, hiring Customers and Border Patrol officers and improving infrastructure
  • 2.1 percent military pay increase
  • $2.475 billion upon receipt of US strategy for the defeat of ISIS and a strategy for Syria (Language similar to Kinzinger/Sinema bill, H.R. 1785, Comprehensive Strategy to Destroy ISIS Act)
  • $50 million for the Tempe Streetcar through the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts program
  • $34.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • $22.5 billion for Pell Grants and reinstates year-round Pell Grants (Language similar to legislation co-introduced by Sinema, H.R. 1485, Flexible Pell Grant for 21st Century Students Act)