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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

Marino Praises Defense Appropriations Act Passage

March 9, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Yesterday, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) voted for H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017.  The DOD Appropriations Act passed with wide bipartisan majorities by a 371-48 vote. 

“This vote shows the overwhelming bipartisan support for providing our military with the funding they require and deserve,” said Marino.

“Our military men and women deserve to know that we have their backs. We have the greatest military in the world, with the best trained men and women.  It is vital that we continue to provide them with the necessary resources to ensure their continued success.”

“These brave troops put their lives on the line day in and day out to ensure our freedoms.  That is why it is also important that we give our military servicemen and women the proper tools and resources once they return home,” concluded Marino.

Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Act Highlights:

  • Funds the Department of Defense for Fiscal Year 2017 at $893.7 billion, an increase of $10.9 billion from Fiscal Year 2016
  • Fully funds a 2.1% pay raise for our soldiers
  • Provides 215.3 billion in Operations and Maintenance to support readiness, battle training, flight time, additional depot maintenance and base operations
  • Reverses the drawdown of troops by the Obama Administration
  • Supports counterterrorism and enhances our allies’ deterrence again Russian aggression
  • Provides assistance to counter ISIS operations
  • Provides $34.1 billion for Defense Health and Military Family Programs top enhance the medical care for our service men and women, their families and retirees
  • Provides $125 million for traumatic brain injury, $296 million for sexual assault prevention and response and $312 million for cancer research
  • Provides $72.2 billion for research and development to keep our militaries technological advantages