Congressman Mitchell on H.R. 5895 Passage
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement following passage of H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act:
“Today, I voted in support of H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, which invests in many programs that help veterans, invests in American infrastructure, advances safe nuclear storage far from the Great Lakes, and more. Specifically, this bill invests significantly in services for veterans including mental health care, suicide prevention outreach, opioid abuse prevention, homeless veteran services, and more. It also strengthens oversight and accountability at the VA to ensure tax dollars best serve the needs of veterans.
The bill also invests in American water resources infrastructure through the Army Corps of Engineers, which has oversight of critical projects like upgrades to the Soo Locks. It also repeals the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, and upholds the balanced, federal-state partnership that has regulated our waterways for over 40 years under the Clean Water Act. Finally, this bill continues congressional efforts to reopen the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, which will move nuclear waste off the shores of the Great Lakes to a permanent secure location.”