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Hice Votes to Fund Our Troops and Combat Terrorism

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Washington, June 16, 2016 | comments

Washington D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives, with the support of Congressman Hice, passed H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which provides responsible funding for the Department of Defense. The measure passed by a vote of 282 - 138. Congressman Hice released the following statement following the bill’s passage:

“The current administration has weakened our military as we continue to face threats from radical Islamic terrorists. It is imperative that we not only rebuild our armed forces, but that our Nation’s warfighters are ready to protect our homeland at a moment’s notice. With the passage of H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017, we ensure that our troops are prepared for these challenges.

The FY’17 Defense Appropriations Act provides the men and women who risk all a much-deserved pay raise, makes strategic investments in weapons systems and equipment, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and the JSTARS, redoubles our efforts to target and eliminate terrorism at its source, and rejects the President’s request to further reduce military personnel. Furthermore, I’m pleased that this bill funds research on diseases and PTSD treatment options which will improve the quality of life for our heroes after their service. 

In the wake of homegrown terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and now Orlando committed by radicalized individuals who have pledged themselves to ISIS, the stakes are higher than ever, and I’m pleased the House passed H.R. 5293 with the safety and security of Americans in mind.”

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