Amodei Announces August District Work Period Agenda
As the House adjourns for the August district work period, Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-02) is eager to be working in Nevada, announcing a productive agenda for the next seven weeks. Planning to visit all 11 counties, Congressman Amodei intends to host a quarterly veterans’ town hall, meet with constituents and local businesses, conduct facility tours, and visit with federal agencies.
“District work periods are meant to allow Members of Congress to be in their home communities with the people they work for. This extended work period allows me to check a number of items off my to-do list such as, meeting with the local BLM district offices and State Director John Ruhs to conduct oversight, receive updates, and discuss meaningful solutions to the challenges facing the West. I’ll also meet with various newspaper editorial boards, the Reno City Council, the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Pershing County Commissioners. I remain committed to being as accessible and transparent as possible to Nevadans, because in order for us to make progress on the issues that affect us all, we must work closely together.”
Over the past several months, Congressman Amodei and his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee have set an example for all of Congress by passing out of Committee all 12 appropriations bills which provide funding to the critical programs and agencies Americans rely on. Included in these bills are several provisions of importance to Nevada, such as:
·Funding to support Native American crime victims and provide solutions to the challenges their communities face (FY 2017 Commerce, Justice and Science Funding Bill);
·Funding to combat devastating wildfires, improve forest health, and promote clean air and water while also ensuring our Native American communities have access to proper medical care and facilities(FY 2017 Interior and Environment Funding Bill);
·Funding to provide smaller ports of entry that are being neglected by their respective Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) regional management, with the tools they need to support up to five additional CBP officers. This measure will bring economic activity to Nevada and better serve our Hispanic population by streamlining travel from Nevada to Mexico (FY 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill);
·Funding to address concerns with the Department of the Interior’s implementation of sage-hen conservation plans (FY 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill);
·Funding for the programs and agencies we need to grow our economy, while targeting agencies with a proven track record of misconduct by forcing them to streamline and focus on core duties (FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Reform Bill);
·Funding for our veterans and active-duty troops and their families. Additionally, this bill increases oversight to hold the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) accountable and provides funding to the Reno VA Hospital to ensure Nevada’s veterans have access to the care they deserve (FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Bill).
“For those who think lawmakers are just sitting on their hands in Washington, Congressional oversight on the Appropriations Committee is alive and well. Before heading back to our states, we have led by advancing all 12 bills out of Committee. Whether you agree where the spending priorities are or not, at least we’re working to put our priorities out there so the American people know where we stand. I’m also pleased to see the House take action today to pass the first Department of Interior funding bill since 2009. I anticipate the remaining appropriations bills yet to pass the House will receive a vote on the Floor before the September 30 deadline.”