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H.R. 3326, the Fiscal Year 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act

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Washington, July 29, 2009 | comments


July 29, 2009


H.R. 3326, the Fiscal Year 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act
Rep. Murtha (D-PA)

 

House Republicans recognize the responsibility of supporting the nation’s military, intelligence, and civilian personnel deployed in defense of the United States and are committed to securing the necessary resources to complete their mission successfully.  H.R. 3326, the FY 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act dedicates a total of $636.6 billion in (mandatory and discretionary) funding toward this goal.  Therefore, House Republicans strongly support its passage.

 

Non-emergency discretionary spending in the bill totals $508 billion, which is $3.5 billion less than the President’s request and 4.1 percent more than last year.  This includes funding for important equipment procurements, a military pay raise, and defense health and quality of life programs.

 

For example, the bill includes $674 million for three C-17 aircraft, $495 million for the purchase of nine additional F-18 aircraft over the budget request, and $370 million for the eventual procurement of 12 F-22 aircraft.  In addition, it includes continued funding for the next-generation aircraft carrier, ten new Navy ships including four Littoral Combat Ships, and $440 million in funding for a new aerial refueling tanker.

 

H.R. 3326 also provides $122.4 billion for a 3.4 percent military pay raise.  This pay raise mirrors the increase approved earlier this year by the House in the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.  It represents a .5 percent increase over the President’s request and a $7.9 billion increase above last year.

 

The bill contains $29.9 billion in defense health programs to provide care for the U.S. military and their families.  This is $4.1 billion above last year’s level and $2 billion above the President’s request.  Specifically, it includes $500 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health treatment, and $1.2 billion for medical care for active duty forces and mobilized Reserve troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. The bill also includes $472.4 million for family support and advocacy programs.

 

As for ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, H.R. 3326 provides $104.4 billion in critical funding for U.S. troops on the battlefield.  This is $1.5 billion above the President’s request and includes funding for personnel requirements, operational needs, and maintenance of facilities and equipment.

 

Finally, the bill does not contain $100 million requested by the Administration for the disposition of detainees in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.  Rather, it is accompanied by report language that prevents a single detainee from being released or transferred until the Administration submits a plan to Congress.  The plan must include an assessment of the risks to the American people, a guarantee that U.S. citizens will be both informed of any transfers and ensured of their safety, and a certification that any releases or transfers of prisoners will not place U.S. troops in harm’s way or hinder military operations.  

 

House Republicans strongly support H.R. 3326, the FY 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, because it provides badly needed resources for the U.S. military and their families, and supports their efforts to defend the United States at home and abroad.

  

Provided by the Republican Leadership and the Committee on Appropriations Republicans.

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