House Approves National Defense Funding Measure
Jul 26, 2013 -
This week, the House passed legislation to provide funding for our nation’s military for Fiscal Year 2014. Specifically, the bill provides $512.5 billion for national defense programs as well as $85 billion for continuing overseas operations. The measure restores funding for critical programs cut as a result of sequestration, while making common-sense reductions in other areas of the defense budget that will not impact our military’s readiness or effectiveness.
To support our troops at home and across the world, the measure funds a 1.8% military pay raise – above the President’s initial 1% request. The defense bill also allocates $33.6 billion for health programs for our soldiers, military families, and veterans, including $125 million for traumatic brain injury research and $20 million for suicide prevention outreach efforts. To address the disturbing and rising incidence of sexual violence in the military, the FY 2014 funding measure fully funds the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program at $157 million, and provides an additional $25 million to expand assistance programs for victims of sexual assault.
As we move forward to address the security challenges facing our nation and consider funding priorities, it is important that we work to protect Americans at home and abroad. While the appropriations process for the upcoming fiscal year progresses, I will remain committed to ensuring that our troops have all of the resources they need to fight for the safety of our nation and to return home safely.
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