Delaney Votes for Bipartisan Defense Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON – The House has passed the fiscal year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations bill with a bipartisan vote of 359-49 in favor of the legislation. The bill increases military funding overall to improve readiness, includes provisions to boost cybersecurity and cyber-defense programs and measures to counter Russian aggression and conforms to spending levels set by the bipartisan budget agreement signed in February,.
The Defense bill fully funds a pay raise for our troops and funds Defense health care programs and sexual assault prevention programs at levels above the Administration’s request.
The bill also included Congressman John K. Delaney’s (MD-6) bipartisan amendment to increase federal funding for The Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit that provides free lodging near hospitals for military and veteran families. Congressman Delaney’s amendment doubles federal support for Fisher House, increasing funding from $5 to $10 million. This increased funding is fully offset.
“This is one of the most important votes we take each year in Congress. Providing for the national defense is one of the fundamental responsibilities of the federal government and the country is better off when both parties work together on this bill. That’s what happened here and while this isn’t a perfect bill, it makes the appropriate investments in national security that we need and includes important measures like a military pay raise that we should all support,” said Congressman Delaney.