WASHINGTON, District of Columbia —Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) highlighted key programs she championed as part of the 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill, which passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, and pledged to continue working to make sure our military has the resources it needs to address the threats of today and into the future.
“In addition to giving our troops the certainty and resources they need to address the threats facing our country, I am pleased to see provisions included for army ammunition plants, which are badly in need of modernization and renovations; more Super Hornets to help fill the Navy’s strike fighter shortfall; and increased funding for Alzheimer’s research which has been linked to PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.”
Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, worked to secure these provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill lawmakers use to authorize the funding for various projects and programs. Her work has now been realized in the appropriations bill, allotting $20 million for army ammunition industrial facility procurement and an additional $5 million for Congressionally Directed Medical Research to study Alzheimer’s and the links between military service and the disease. The appropriations bill also restored funding for additional F/A-18 Super Hornets that was stripped out of the final NDAA before passage.
“This bill is crucial for our military,” Hartzler added. “At every installation I have visited I heard from commanders about the necessity to pass an appropriations bill rather than allowing defense funding to fall under a continuing resolution so the Department of Defense can fully execute its plans. I am pleased we were able to advance these objectives.”
Hartzler recently testified before the House Budget Committee on the need to go above and beyond the Administration’s $603 billion funding level for defense in 2018, saying $640 billion is what is needed to begin the restoration of its forces that the American people expect and need in today’s world.
“Going forward, I look forward to building on our hard work in this bill and working with my colleagues on the Budget and Appropriations Committees to provide the funding we need to fully restore the readiness shortfalls our military is currently experiencing,” Hartzler concluded.
The legislation also funds a full 2.1 percent pay raise for our men and women in uniform, funds key readiness programs to train and equip our troops, and enhances medical care and ensures full benefits for troops, their families, and retirees.
Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District which is home to Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood. She serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees.