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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Thompson Votes to Pass Appropriations Bill with Key Priorities

Jun 25, 2019
Press Release
Includes funding for fire suppression, NICS, blocks funding for census citizenship question

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted to pass H.R. 3055, an appropriations bill that includes key priorities for California’s Fifth Congressional District. Most notably, this legislation includes $2.25 billion in funding for fire suppression operations, a $25 million increase in funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and a prohibition on funds being used to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census. Thompson released the following statement after final passage of that bill.

“When Congress appropriates funding, we are drawing a map of the priorities most important to our district and our communities. That’s why today, I voted to pass an appropriations bill that includes funding for two critical priorities. That includes $2.25 billion in funding for fire suppression efforts across our nation. This means that the Department of Interior and the Forest Service can work to prevent fires without borrowing funding from other programs. The legislation passed today also included a $25 million increase in resources provided to the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System, so that program can better keep firearms out of the hands of those who are prohibited from having them.

“This bill is also an important step forward in ensuring California and other states receive a full count during the 2020 census. Without this, our state and our district would be at risk of losing critical federal government funding. This bill blocks any funding from being used to add a citizenship question, which would be harmful to efforts to get a full and fair count in the upcoming census.”

You can click here to learn more about H.R. 3055.

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Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties.  He is a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he chairs the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. Rep. Thompson is Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He is also Co-Chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus and a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition.