June 11, 2015
The U.S. House today approved the fiscal year 2016 Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 2685) on a vote of 278-149. The legislation funds critical national security needs, military operations abroad, and health and quality-of-life programs for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.
In total, the bill provides $578.6 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $24.4 billion above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $800 million above the President’s request. This includes $88.4 billion in Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding for war efforts and related costs, which is within the level assumed in the House and Senate budget conference agreement.
“Above all else, we must provide for the national defense of the United States. Nothing can exist – not our domestic government programs, not our private enterprise, and not our freedoms – without ensuring that basic need is met. Our national security is far too important to fall victim to political games. We cannot risk having an underfunded military during these uncertain times, and our troops deserve unfailing support as they lay their lives on the line,” Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This bill fulfills our responsibilities to properly fund programs for our warfighters, our military families, our national security, and for the success of our missions both now and in the future.”
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