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Hice Champions Passage of Defense Appropriations Act

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Washington D.C., June 11, 2015 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2685, the Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Appropriations Act, by a vote of 278-149. Congressman Hice released the following statement in regards to passage of the bill:

"I was proud to support this legislation that provides vital funding for our nation's military in the fight against terrorism. While terror organizations like ISIS continue to rob the world of freedom and liberty, it is essential that our military is well-armed, well-funded, and well-respected. This legislation ensures that our military is well-armed by providing for the continued operation of the A-10, and funding for an additional 36 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. This bill ensures that our military is well-funded, and keeps military pay at parity with the private sector by increasing the wages of service members by 2.3%. Also, this bill helps to ensure that our troops are well-respected by funding vital Department of Defense research on PTSD, so that our returning heroes have the healthcare they deserve. Lastly, I was pleased to support this legislation as it provides support for our allies, like Ukraine, against Russian aggression, and ensures domestic and global security by preventing the transfer of GTMO detainees to United States soil. I look forward to continuing to fight for our brave men and women in uniform."

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