Defense spending bill to boost investment in Louisiana military bases
President Trump has signed the $717 Billion defense spending bill that will fund the military for 2019. It includes pay raises for troops and substantial investments in Louisiana based military bases. Northeast Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham says it’s the biggest pay raise for the military in nearly a decade.
“A well-deserved raise, 2.6 percent, actually the second raise in the last couple years but this is the biggest in I think eight years.”
Abraham says those pay raises aren’t just big for the troops, they’re big for communities like Bossier City, Vernon Parish, and Belle Chasse that will see more spending in local businesses near the bases.
“Barksdale, Polk, and Belle Chasse air and naval station down there. You know we have a wonderful military presence in Monroe, they contribute millions of dollars to the economy.”
Abraham says this makes it much more unlikely that those facilities would be closed in the event of base consolidations.
“I am confident that Barksdale and Fort Polk hopefully will be shielded from those cuts so again we want to do everything possible to keep that from ever happening on our turf.”
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