Shea-Porter Votes for Defense Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, DC— Today the House passed a bipartisan bill to fund the Department of Defense (DoD). The bill adheres to the budget agreement negotiated last spring. It supports our troops by increasing pay by 2.6% and extends special pay and bonuses for active-duty and reserve personnel.
“Today, Republicans and Democrats in Congress came together to pass a bipartisan bill that funds our national defense and continues funding I had secured for critical Granite State priorities such as the PFAS exposure health assessment,” said Shea-Porter. “This is an example of the good that can happen when we work together through regular order, holding hearings and markups on spending legislation and then passing them without poison pill provisions. The bill provides servicemembers with a 2.6% raise and extends special pay and bonuses. I have served on the Armed Services Committee for eight years, and contrary to what President Trump has said, every year we have come together to provide our troops with a pay increase. The bill also prohibits a future round of Base Realignment and Closure. Furthermore, it supports critical medical research into cancer and PTSD treatment and includes $35 million to expand the Sexual Assault Special Victims’ Counsel Program, which is $8.8 million above the President’s request.”
(Note: President Trump has claimed that he gave servicemembers their first pay raise in 10 years. Congress provides pay increases, and it has done so each year for the last 30 years.)
The FY2019 Defense Appropriations bill includes several Shea-Porter priorities.
The Defense appropriations bill:
- Provides a 2.6% pay raise to troops.
- Includes report language recognizing the need to modernize and upgrade public shipyards.
- Explicitly prohibits a future BRAC round.
- Increases funding by $15 million over the President’s request for the Ocean Warfighting Environment and Applied Research Account, a UNH priority.
- Provides $6.5 billion for the European Reassurance Initiative to counter Russian aggression in Europe.
- Fully funds the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, providing:
- $364 million for cancer research;
- $125 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health research;
- $130 million for breast cancer research (same as FY 2018 enacted level);
- $100 million for prostate cancer (same as the FY 2018 enacted level); and
- $45 million for the Joint Warfighter Medical Research program for battlefield medical needs.
- Includes $35 million for the Sexual Assault Special Victim’s Counsel Program, $8.8 million above the President’s request.
- Provides $1 billion for all active, guard, and reserve service components to aid in training and depot maintenance to restore readiness.