House Passes FY 2017 Appropriations Bill

Mar 8, 2017 Issues: Defense and National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives today passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations bill. U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) applauded the bill’s passage, highlighting critical funding for the military at both a national and local level.

Roby, a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said she looks forward to working with the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress to fully fund the military after several years of disagreement with the Obama Administration over funding levels.

“Providing for the common defense is one of Congress’ most fundamental Constitutional duties,” Roby said. “Last week I appreciated the message that President Trump delivered in his Joint Session Address. I was particularly encouraged by his call to properly fund our military… for the last several years we have been in constant tension with an administration whose sequestration policy threatened to hollow out our military.”

Roby, who represents the congressional district that is home to Fort Rucker, the home of Army Aviation, and Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, the intellectual center of the Air Force, said she is especially pleased of key funding inclusions for the missions housed at these installations.

“I am proud to represent a district that is home to both Fort Rucker and Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base,” Roby said. “I’m pleased to report that this bill contains a strong budget for Army Aviation, including $187 million for 28 Lakota helicopters. It also contains an increase of almost $450 million for the Air Force’s cyber security efforts.

“This Appropriations bill also contains funding for the procurement of 74 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. The Montgomery-based 187th Fighter Wing is on the short list for being assigned this next-generation fighter jet, and our Alabama congressional delegation is working together to make the case to the Air Force why this special unit is an ideal fit.”

The FY 2017 Appropriations bill also:

  • Rejects the Obama Administration’s proposed troop level reductions that would cut as many as 36,000 servicemen and women from the Armed Forces;
  • Provides funding for an additional 1,000 active duty Army soldiers, 1,000 Army National Guard soldiers, 1,000 Army Reserve soldiers, and 1,000 active duty Marines.
  • Fully funds a much deserved 2.1 percent pay raise for military personnel.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 371-49. It now awaits further action by the Senate.

Click here for more comprehensive bill information from the House Appropriations Committee.