House Passes Department of Defense Appropriations Bill

Jun 28, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Act, 2019. This legislation fully funds the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019, including an increase in funding to rebuild the military and the largest pay raise our troops have seen in 9 years (2.6%).

 
LaMalfa said: “This Congress has proven we’re committed to supplying our armed forces with the resources they need to get the job done – and providing for them and their families when they return home. While the budgeting process that we’ve been stuck with needs to be reformed, I’m pleased with the progress we’re making by sending these appropriations measures to the Senate. This important legislation helps to rebuild our military and reward our soldiers with the largest pay raise in 9 years. They deserve every penny and they deserve to have this legislation signed into law.”
 
Highlights of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2019:
 
  • Supports necessary increase in topline funding to support our troops and readiness recovery consistent with President Trump's commitment to rebuild the military.
  • Pay raise of 2.6% for our troops - Largest in 9 years. 
  • Increase the size of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Naval and Air Reserve, as well as Air Guard.
  • Increases procurement funding to rebuild our Navy, Army and Air Force:
    • $22.7 billion for building 12 ships, including 2 Virginia-class submarines, 3 DDG-51 guided missile destroyers, and 3 Littoral Combat Ships
    • $1.9 billion for 24 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets
    • $1.2 billion for 58 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters
    • $1.1 billion for 66 AH-64 Apache
    •  $1.5 billion for the upgrade of 85 Abrams tanks
  • Funds for co-development and co-production of missile defense and weapon systems with our key ally Israel.  
  • Advances innovative technologies that will reform the way we will fight and win wars
 
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.
 
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