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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Rep. Soto’s Amendments Pass in Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019

June 28, 2018
Press Release
H.R. 6157 Passed the House, Two Amendments approved by Voice Vote.

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two amendments offered by Congressman Darren Soto. H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019, included two of Congressman Soto’s amendments, both of which passed by voice vote, to increase funding for quantum computing research and to increase funding for Gulf War illness research.

“I’m pleased to see my quantum computing and gulf war illness amendments pass the House. Investing in quantum information science will help the U.S. preserve itself as a global leader in the 21st Century. The U.S. must preserve its global leadership in science and technology, and this amendment is a step in that direction,” stated Rep. Soto. “Further, increasing funds for Gulf War illness research is going to make a significant impact on the nearly quarter of a million veterans affected by this illness. I’m proud to work to improve the health and lives of affected Veterans and their families.“

The following amendments authored by Rep. Soto passed the House by voice vote:

  1. Quantum Computing Amendment – Increased funding for the Quantum Information Science Program within the Department of the Army by $5 million. These funds will allow the United States to maintain its vital leadership in quantum sciences
  2. Gulf War Illness Amendment – Increases funding for Defense Health Program’s Gulf War Illness Research Program. These funds will allow increased funding for innovative, competitively peer-reviewed research to provide a better understanding of Gulf War illness and develop treatment for the symptoms and underlying causes.

With the passage of this bill, Congressman Soto has now passed 38 amendments out of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 115th Congress.