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Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga., defense funding front, center of budget blueprint

MARIETTA, Ga. – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today released the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s preliminary fiscal year 2018 budget proposal, his first as president.  

“President Trump laid out in his recent joint address to Congress his commitment to ensuring our national security through the rebuilding of our armed forces. The president’s blueprint for spending delivers on this promise. Georgia is critical to our national defense, and each of our military installations stands to benefit from increased funding for the Defense Department.

“Additionally, the president has requested additional funding over and above the previously scheduled funding for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, known as FLETC, which has headquarters in Glynco, Ga. I have been working with our delegation to ensure FLETC can continue to carry out its critical mission of training our law enforcement officers.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I am encouraged by the president taking this important step towards fulfilling his promise to invest in the restoration of our veterans’ healthcare system. This budget will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make changes and reforms that are so desperately needed, such as extending and enhancing the Veterans Choice Program, and is a great start to providing the VA with the tools necessary to deliver the best healthcare for our veterans.

“Today’s budget proposal is the beginning of a process. Ultimately, it will be up to Congress to decide how to allocate limited federal dollars among many different agencies and programs, including effective, well-targeted diplomatic and international initiatives that are critical to our national security. As the budget process moves forward, I look forward to working with my colleagues to build on the many positive aspects of this proposal and refocus our budget on true national priorities.

“Earlier this week, President Trump signed an executive order to reorganize the federal branch to help eliminate waste and improve efficiency. That is an excellent goal and I will continue working with the administration to address other priorities critical to Georgia.”