Roby Urges Colleagues to Support FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill Ahead of House Vote
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today spoke on the House floor and urged her colleagues to support H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which is scheduled for a vote in the House tonight.
“I am grateful to serve Alabama’s Second District that is home to Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and Fort Rucker, and I am proud that H.R. 6157 provides the resources to support their critical missions,” Representative Roby said. “One of Congress’ most fundamental constitutional responsibilities is to ‘provide for the common defense.’ This bill fulfills that responsibility and ensures that our military remains the tip of the spear.”
H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total for the Department of Defense, including:
- $606.5 billion in discretionary funding - $17.1 billion above the Fiscal Year 2018 level
- $68.1 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding
The bill contains important funding increases for Army Aviation programs, including:
- $34 million for 4 additional Lakota helicopters
- $1.2 billion for 58 additional Blackhawk helicopters
- $1.1 billion for 66 additional Apache helicopters
The bill also provides support for other key programs, including:
- An additional $912 million to fund a total of 3 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS); $225 million for upgrades to the Stryker Vehicle
- Strong funding for missile programs, including THAAD, Hellfire, and LRASM
- $9.4 billion for 93 F-35 aircraft
Furthermore, the legislation provides $144 billion for military personnel and pay of 1,338,100 active duty troops and 817,700 Reserve and National Guard troops. The bill also includes a well-deserved 2.6 percent pay raise for servicemembers.
The full text of Representative Roby’s remarks, as prepared, is below.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to voice my strong support for H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
Over the last year and a half, our unified government has taken the necessary steps to unleash our economy and foster growth here in the United States. Because of this work, our economy is strong today.
Now, we must do the work required to ensure that our military is strong, too, especially after the damaging sequestration cuts and funding limitations placed upon our military by the previous Administration.
As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I have been proud to have a seat at the table through this process. I have appreciated the leadership of Chairwoman Kay Granger as we work to properly fund our military.
I am grateful to serve Alabama’s Second District that is home to Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and Fort Rucker. I am proud that this bill provides the resources to support their critical missions.
Mr. Speaker, one of Congress’ most fundamental constitutional responsibilities is to “provide for the common defense.” This bill fulfills that responsibility and ensures that our military remains the tip of the spear.
I will proudly vote in favor of H.R. 6157 to properly fund our military, and I urge my colleagues to do the same. I yield back.