July 24, 2013
The U.S. House today approved the fiscal year 2014 Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 2397) on a vote of 315 to 109. The legislation includes funding for critical national security needs, and provides the resources needed 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 Forces and their families.
In total, the bill provides $512.5 billion in non-war funding, a decrease of $5.1 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $3.4 billion below the President’s request. This is approximately $28.1 billion above the current level caused by automatic sequestration spending cuts. The bill also includes $85.8 billion in war funding for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).
“It is always important to remember that our freedom isn’t free; our liberties, our rights, and our property are preserved by our national defense – but at a cost,” Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “We’ve already seen the distressing toll that the heavy-handed, indiscriminate cuts of sequestration have taken on our military, leading to a loss of readiness of our troops and risking our national security. I applaud the passage of this important bill, which strikes a balance between fiscal responsibility and sufficient support for our military. With this legislation, precious funds are prioritized to advance our missions abroad, to prepare and equip our troops, and to ensure the readiness and effectiveness of our military.”
Defense Subcommittee Chairman C.W. Bill Young also praised the passage of the bill.
“I committed long ago that I would never write or support a bill which adversely affected any soldier or their family, or which had a negative impact on our nation’s readiness. I firmly believe we have kept that promise with this bill, which provides the resources needed to modernize and maintain readiness at the levels needed for our military to preserve its standing as the most capable and superior armed forces in the world.”
For a list of approved amendments to H.R. 2397, please visit: /UploadedFiles/07.24.13_FY14_Defense_Bill_-_Floor_Adopted_Amendments.pdf
For the text of the bill, please visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr2397rh/pdf/BILLS-113hr2397rh.pdf
For the bill report, please visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-113hrpt113/pdf/CRPT-113hrpt113.pdf