Rep. Marino Votes for Robust Military and Pay Raise for Troops
Washington, D.C. — Today, the House passed H.R. 5293, the FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill, by a vote of 282 to 138. Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) voted in favor of the legislation and released the following statement following its passage:
“Our men and women in uniform selflessly answer the call of duty to protect the United States and the American people on a daily basis. At the very least, they deserve to have the absolute best resources at their disposal. Even with heightened threats of terrorism around the world, President Obama has suggested we reduce the size and scope of our military. A reduction in our armed services is misguided and dangerous. This legislation maintains a robust military operation outfitted with the best training, technology and quality-of-life programs for our troops. I remain committed to ensuring our service members are well taken care of, both while on missions abroad and when they return home.”
The Defense Appropriations Bill provides $575 billion in total defense discretionary spending. Of this, $58 billion is allocated to Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding. In addition, the bill provides $132.6 billion for military personnel including a 2.1 percent pay increase and enhanced medical care and benefits.
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