June 23, 2024

Mann votes to support Veteran programs, invest in U.S. Military

Tracey Mann

Washington, D.C.– On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Tracey Mann (KS-01) voted in favor of H.R. 8580, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2025. The bill, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 209-197, provides funding for military construction and family housing, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA),  and other related agencies.

Rep. Mann released the following statement after the vote.

“Our gratitude and support for our military service members cannot end once they remove their uniform,” said Rep. Mann. “As the federal representative for the more than 41,000 veterans in the Big First, I proudly voted in favor of this bill that responsibly funds veterans’ health care programs, benefits, and VA programs while cutting wasteful, partisan spending from the Biden Administration. I am hopeful that Congress will continue to consider Fiscal Year 2025 appropriations legislation of the September 30 deadline instead of waiting until the last hour and depending on a continuing resolution to fund the government. Today’s vote was a good step in returning to regular order, reining in our reckless spending, and getting America back on track.”

The Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2025 fully funds veterans’ health care programs, benefits, and VA programs, prohibits the closure of Guantanamo Bay and the use of military construction funds to build facilities for detainees on U.S. soil, stops taxpayer dollars from being used for abortion, protects veterans’ Second Amendment rights, preventing the VA from sending information to the FBI without judicial consent, and bans the VA from processing claims for illegal immigrants

The Fiscal Year 2025 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act is the first of 12 appropriations packages before the U.S. House of Representatives. It will now be sent to the U.S. Senate for further review. In the 117th Congress, Rep. Mann served on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and as the Republican Leader for the Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.