Abraham votes to fund America's military, urges Senate Democrats to do the same
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, voted Tuesday afternoon for a long-term funding bill that seeks to rebuild and reinvigorate our nation's military.
The bill provides $659.2 billion in full-year FY18 funding for the Department of Defense. That includes $584 billion in base funding and $75.1 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.
The additional resources will bolster troop numbers, provide a 2.4 percent raise for military personnel, enhance health care delivery, develop cutting-edge technology, and purchase new equipment.
This is the third time the House has voted to provide long-term funding for the military, but neither of the prior bills advanced in the Senate due to filibusters by Senate Democrats.
"Our military is the smallest it's been in decades. Readiness has become a very real issue, and we must be able to quickly and lethally respond to all threats we face. The House has voted twice before on this bill only to see it blocked by Democratic filibusters in the Senate. I urge Senate Democrats to stop using our troops and national security as pawns in their political games to get amnesty for illegal immigrants. Pass this bill to give our military the resources it needs to rebuild and keep us safe,"said Dr. Abraham, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.