Delaney Votes for Bipartisan Defense Bill
WASHINGTON – Wednesday the House passed H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2017. The legislation reflects a bipartisan agreement between the House and Senate on funding the Department of Defense (DOD). Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the bill, which now is sent to the Senate for approval.
The bill increases overall funding levels, includes a pay raise for members of the military and civilian DOD employees as well as important measures to improve military readiness, combat terrorism and counter Russian aggression. The bill also supports cooperative security programs with Israel and includes increased funding for cybersecurity and defense health care programs and funding for sexual assault prevention programs.
“I’m proud to work with members on both sides of the aisle to strengthen our national security, strengthen key alliances and fight our enemies,” said Congressman Delaney. “This bill includes important measures that will improve our readiness, help us fight terrorism, boost cybersecurity and give our military a well-deserved raise. This isn’t a perfect bill, but it is a very necessary piece of our national security portfolio and I urge its prompt passage in the Senate and signature from the White House.”