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Hice Supports Defense Priorities, Critical Funding

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Washington, June 28, 2018 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the passage of H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019. This measure appropriates $674.6 billion for the Department of Defense for a full year, including $606.5 billion in base funding and $68.1 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding.

“A core duty of the federal government is to keep America safe and secure,” said Congressman Hice. “Today the House – through regular order – passed a strong defense appropriations bill that supports investments in our Armed Services to ensure maximum readiness and warfighting capability for our troops. This measure is a step forward as we work to tackle national security challenges around the world, and I’m glad this legislation delivers a much-needed pay raise to our heroes and their families. As we continue to address our current military readiness shortfalls, we must ensure that our men and women in uniform – who make tremendous sacrifices for our Nation – have the resources they need to be successful.”

Specifically, this bill:

·        Fully funds the JSTARS recapitalization program and the Ohio-class submarine replacement.

·        Includes a 2.6% pay raise for military personnel;

·        Provides $34.4 billion to the Defense Health program, which provides high-quality medical care to troops, military families, and retirees;

·        Increases funding for research and development of new defense technologies to $92.4 billion;

·        Includes additional funding for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters; and

·        Fully funds cyber operations, including the U.S. Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon.

For the full bill text of H.R. 6157, click here.

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