Brooks Praises House Passage of Department of Defense Appropriations Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted for House passage of H.R.1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The legislation passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 371 – 48.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Today the House passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act and sent a clear message of commitment to our military members. This legislation protects critical readiness programs for our troops and provides a total base defense funding level of $516.1 billion for FY17, which is a $2 billion increase over the FY16 enacted base defense funding level.”
Congressman Brooks continued, “Importantly, H.R.1301 includes a 2.1% pay raise for our service men and women, reverses the Obama Administration’s drawdown of troops, and increases funding for Israeli Cooperative Programs by $455 million. In total, $600.7 million is provided for the Israeli Cooperative Programs, including $332 million for equipment procurement and $269 million for research and development. An additional $43 million is included for Israeli anti-tunneling efforts.”
Congressman Brooks added, “I’m very pleased key priorities for the Redstone Arsenal community have been increased – notably high energy laser research, cybersecurity research for a variety of Army platforms and integration of systems, and the Army’s important continued investment in Future Vertical Lift.”
Congressman Brooks concluded, “The highest priority of the federal government is America’s national security. Hence, the number one responsibility of Congress is to give our warfighters the resources and support needed to carry out their missions. I’m proud the House today delivered a strong signal of support through passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act that adequately funds America’s national security.”
Congressman Brooks serves on the House Armed Services Committee and sits on the Strategic Forces and Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittees. He is the founder and Co-Chair of the Army Aviation Caucus.