House Passes Department of Defense Appropriations Act
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 695, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act. This legislation provides funding for our military and defense, supports the needs of our armed forces, and increases troop pay.
LaMalfa said: “In recent years, we’ve seen America’s military readiness steadily decline, and it’s reached the point where our armed forces often don’t have the resources and training they need to protect us. It’s irresponsible to allow this to continue any longer. This is not only a matter of national security, but also the health and wellness of our troops and their families. Under this legislation, our troops will get the largest pay raise in eight years, and our veterans will receive better care when they come home. Long-term funding for our military is absolutely critical. We’ve done our part in the House, now the Senate must decide whether they truly support the Department of Defense like they say they do.”
Highlights of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act:
- $664 billion in total FY18 Appropriations (14% above FY17).
- 23,300 extra soldiers (15,600 active duty).
- Fully funds 2.4% pay raise for the military.
- $34 billion for the Defense Health Program.
- Support for Israel and allies fighting Russian influence and aggression.
- Includes $1.2 billion to support the President’s expanded strategy in Afghanistan.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.