Democrats Jeopardize Funding for Stewart Airbase



TUXEDO, NY– Chele Chiavacci Farley released the following statement in response to the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act:

"Unlike the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act passed by the Senate, Democrats in the House of Representatives have reduced funding and inserted partisan language in the House version (H.R. 2500) that jeopardizes over $100 million in federal funding needed to remediate PFAS contamination associated with Stewart Air National Guard Base and other federal facilities, thereby risking a Presidential veto.

Sean Patrick Maloney and Nancy Pelosi are holding hostage funding for our military and the money we need to clean up the growing PFAS contamination from Stewart air base. By tying these critical resources to their radical pro-illegal immigration agenda, the Democrats in the House are threatening our nation’s security and the health of Orange County residents.

The version of this legislation passed by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and his Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives, over the objections of every Republican Member of Congress, slashes $17 billion in defense funding requested by President Trump and undermines the Administration’s ability to secure the border and combat illegal immigration. Specifically, the House bill would stop the Trump Administration from building the border wall and limit its ability to deploy troops along the U.S.-Mexico border.

With border patrol apprehending 100,000 illegal immigrants every month and countless more entering our country undetected, it’s more important than ever that we empower President Trump with the tools needed to combat this crisis. As a Member of Congress, I will work to make our border more secure, as well as deliver the resources needed to clean up the contamination from Stewart air base and restore our local water sources.”


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