Roby: Appropriations Bill Delivers for Defense, Border Security
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A comprehensive appropriations bill passed by the United States House of Representatives today delivers prioritized funding for border security and national defense, including Alabama-based military installations.
H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, funds government operations through the end of the fiscal year. The Senate is expected to take up and pass the bill later this week, and President Trump said he will sign it.
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.), who serves on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, supported the bill’s passage and highlighted key funding provisions that impact military bases and programs in Alabama.
“This appropriations bill prioritizes national defense and border security, which are both critical for our country right now,” Roby said. “I’m pleased we could deliver much-needed funding for military programs impacting Alabama. This bill contains a strong budget for missions at Fort Rucker and Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, both of which play important roles for our national defense.
“I’m also pleased that this appropriations bill fully funds the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The Montgomery-based 187th Fighter Wing is on the short list for this next generation fighter jet, but before we land the F-35 we have to make sure it is funded. I continue to work alongside my colleagues in the Alabama delegation in making the case to the Air Force for why Montgomery and the 187th is an ideal fit for the F-35."
Specific to installations and programs impacting Alabama, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 funds:
- A $450 million increase in the Air Force cyber security program, in which Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base plays an integral part;
- 74 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters;
- 28 Lakota helicopters, which are the primary training aircraft at the Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker;
- 3 Littoral Combat Ships, which are built in Mobile;
- $10 billion for missile defense programs, of which Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal plays a major role.
The bill also:
- Rejects the Obama Administration’s proposed troop level reductions that would cut as many as 36,000 servicemen and women from the ranks;
- 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 all military personnel.