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House Approves Defense Funding Bill for Fiscal Year 2012


Washington, Jul 8 -

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today praised the passage of an essential national defense funding legislation – H.R. 2219, the Fiscal Year 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations bill. The bill includes funding for critical national security needs, and provides the necessary resources to continue the nation’s military efforts abroad. In addition, the bill provides essential funding for health and quality of life programs for the men and women of the Armed Services and their families.

In total, the bill contains $530 billion in non-emergency funding, an increase of $17 billion over last year’s level and a decrease of $9 billion from the President’s request. In addition, the bill contains $119 billion in emergency spending for Defense activities related to the Global War on Terror.

“As our soldiers and Marines continue to put their lives on the line to eliminate terrorism and protect freedom around the globe, Congress must provide the necessary support and funding in a timely manner to keep them safe and well-equipped. This bill sustains our military readiness, facilitating the continued modernization of our national defense systems and preserving the American Armed Forces as the greatest military in the world,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.

“But, as in all our Appropriations bills this year, this legislation reflects hard decisions to cut spending. This legislation identifies fiscally responsible savings that will in no way impair the safety of our troops, the success of our military missions, or our military readiness,” Rogers continued.

“It was a difficult task to write this bill that is $9 billion below the Department’s request, but we did so smartly and effectively.  In this time of financial crisis, no one should be exempt from tightening their fiscal belts – yet with our national defense we must do so very carefully, making sure to not impact the war-fighter or their mission. I believe this bill does just that,” House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Bill Young said.  

A summary of amendments to the FY 2012 Defense Appropriations bill that were approved by the House follow:

Kucinich (D-OH) - The amendment cuts $3.6 million from Defense Wide Operations and Maintenance and transfers the funds to the Defense Health Program for Gulf War Illness research. The amendment passed on a vote of 253-167.

Jackson Lee (D-TX) The amendment transfers $500,000 from Defense Wide Operation and Maintenance to the Defense Health Program for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder research. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Stearns (R-FL) The amendment transfers $16 million from Defense Wide Research, Development, Test and Evaluation to the Defense Health Program for prostate cancer research. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Sessions (R-TX) The amendment transfers $10 million from Defense Wide Research, Development, Test and Evaluation to the Defense Health Program for traumatic brain injury research. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Amash (R-MI) The amendment strikes a provision in the bill that prohibits the Defense Department from contracting out any commercial function unless it will save the Department at least $10 million or 10% of its performance costs. The amendment passed on a vote of 212-208.

Sessions (R-TX) The amendment strikes a provision in the bill that prohibits the conversion of functions performed by Federal employees to contractor performance. The amendment passed on a vote of 217 – 204.

Carter (R-TX) The amendment strikes a provision in the bill which limits the amount of funds made available to military bands to $200 million. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Holt (D-NJ) The amendment transfers $20 million from the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund to the Defense Health Program for suicide prevention programs. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

McCollum (D-MN) The amendment reduces the funding in the bill by $124.8 million, to stop these funds from being used for military bands. The amendment passed on a vote of 226-201.

Cole (R-OK) The amendment would prohibit funds for DoD to furnish military equipment, training, or consultation to assist a group or individual carrying out activities in or against Libya. The amendment passed on a vote of 225-201.

Foxx (R-NC) The amendment prohibits funds to be used in contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act. The amendment passed on a vote of 248-175.

Michaud (D-ME) The amendment prohibits funds from being used in contravention of the "Berry Amendment." The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Kissell (D-NC) The amendment prohibits funds from being used to enter into a contract with a commercial air carrier if that contract allows the air carrier to charge baggage fees to any member of the Armed Forces who is traveling on official military orders and is being deployed overseas or is returning from an overseas deployment. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Bass (D-CA) The amendment prohibits funds from being used in contravention of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Runyan (R-NJ) The amendment prohibits funds from being used to procure air transportation from a commercial air carrier for a member of the Armed Forces who is traveling under orders to deploy to or return from an overseas contingency operation under terms that allow the carrier to charge the member fees for checked baggage other than for bags weighing more than 80 pounds or bags in excess of four per individual. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Sherman (D-CA) The amendment prohibits funds from being used in contravention of the War Powers Resolution. The amendment passed on a vote of 316-111.

Engel  (D-NY) The amendment prohibits funds from being used by the Department of Defense to lease or purchase new light duty vehicles, for any executive fleet, or for an agency's fleet inventory, except in accordance with Presidential Memorandum-Federal Fleet Performance. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Neugebauer (R-TX) The amendment prohibits funds from being used to reduce the number of B-1 aircraft of the Armed Forces. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Gosar (R-AZ) The amendment prohibits funds from being obligated or expended for assistance to the Government of Iran, Hamas, Hizbullah, or the Muslim Brotherhood. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Flores (R-TX) The amendment prohibits funds from being used to enforce section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Cole (R-OK) The amendment prohibits funding to implement any rule, regulation, or executive order regarding the disclosure of political contributions that takes effect on or after the date of enactment of this Act. The amendment passed on a vote of 256-170.

Fortenberry (R-NE) The amendment prohibits funding for international military education and training, foreign military financing, excess defense articles assistance issued for direct commercial sales of military equipment or peacekeeping operations for the countries of Chad, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burma to support any military training or operations that include child soldiers. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

DeFazio (D-OR) The amendment prohibits funding to enforce the limitations on Defense Department initiatives relating to improving financial management and audits as required by the FY 2006 Defense Authorization Act. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Conyers (D-MI) The amendment prohibits funding for deploying ground troops in Libya for the purposes of engaging in military operations unless the purpose of such deployment is solely to rescue members of the United States Armed Forces. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Kinzinger (R-IL) The amendment prohibits funding for research, development, manufacture or procurement of a newly designed flight suit or integrated aircrew ensemble. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Huelskamp (R-KS) The amendment prohibits funding for the implementation of training curriculum of the Chaplain Corps Don't Ask, Don't Tell program regarding the performance of same sex marriage ceremonies. The amendment passed on a vote of 236-184.

Herrera Buetler (R-WA) The amendment prohibits funding to enter into a contract that allows the contractor to use amounts paid to the contractor under such contract to pay a tax to the Afghan Ministry of Finance. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Final Passage The FY 2012 Defense Appropriations bill passed on a vote of 336-87.