Chairman Rogers Statement on H.R. 2219, FY 2012 Defense Appropriations Bill
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers gave the following statement on H.R. 2219, the fiscal year 2012 Defense Appropriations bill, on the floor of the House today:
"Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of H.R. 2219, the Fiscal Year 2012 Defense Appropriations Bill.
"The nearly $649 billion in total funding contained within this legislation will provide our armed forces with the resources they need for our nation’s missions abroad and the protection of our people here at home.
"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.
"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 to keep them safe and well-equipped, and we must do so in a timely matter.
"These efforts include adequate funding for equipment procurement, base operations and military pay. To improve our defense capabilities and prepare for future challenges, we’ve provided funding for research and development into new technology. This legislation also provides essential funding for health and quality of life programs for the men and women of the Armed Services and their families.
"But, as in all our Appropriations bills this year, this legislation reflects hard decisions to cut lower priority programs, reduce spending in programs that can be scaled back, and target funds where they are needed most so that our nation can continue on the path to fiscal recovery.
"No bill or department – including the Pentagon – should be immune from scrutiny during these precarious financial times. This legislation identifies fiscally responsible savings – savings that will in no way impair the safety of our troops, the success of our military missions, or our military readiness.
"The bill also increases oversight of Defense programs and funds to ensure that tax dollars are being spent wisely and efficiently. We’ve taken a critical eye to and increased scrutiny on some programs to ensure American taxpayers are receiving the proper benefits for their defense investments.
"All in all, this bill is $9 billion less than the President’s request; however, this legislation increases base funding for the Department of Defense by $17 billion – reflecting our steadfast commitment to ensuring our troops and commanders have the resources they need.
"I’d like to thank Chairman Young and Ranking Member Dicks for their tireless work, bipartisan spirit and commitment to crafting a responsible Defense bill. I’d also like to thank the hard-working Committee staff for their time and effort on this bill.
"I urge my colleagues to support this bill."