House Approves Department of Defense Appropriations Act
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07) issued the following statement after supporting House passage of H.R. 5293, the “Department of Defense Appropriations Act.” The most recent of the annual appropriations bills to clear the House, H.R. 5293 provides $575.8 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2017, and includes military personnel, operation and maintenance, procurement, and research provisions.
“It’s always vitally important to ensure those serving and defending America have the resources they need, but as we continue to be confronted with threats across the globe and on American soil, this bill is as much about national security as it is about good government,” said Woodall. “Allocating these funds through a transparent appropriations process is what our Founders intended, and with 75 amendments to this legislation considered on the House floor from both sides of the aisle and many hours of debate, I am very proud of the robust and comprehensive process in which this crucial legislation moved forward.”
A summary of H.R. 5293 can be found here, with key provisions including:
- Funding for crucial readiness programs preparing troops for combat and peacetime missions.
- Fully funds the authorized 2.1 percent pay raise for troops.
- Denies the President’s proposed troop reductions to maintain a strong, robust active and reserve force.
- Supports our key allies, such as Israel, Ukraine, and Jordan, to resist aggression.
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.