Langevin Statement on Passage of FY17 Defense Appropriations Bill

Mar 9, 2017 Issues: Armed Services, Disabilities, Health Care, Vote

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), released the following statement in support of H.R. 1301, the Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which provides $583.7 billion for national defense through September 30, 2017, and passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 371-48:

“While I am disappointed that House Republicans only took up this funding bill halfway through the fiscal year, I am glad that the House has finally passed legislation that will provide very real benefits to the Department of Defense and our men and women in uniform. I am also pleased that the Appropriations Committee closely followed the guidance of the House Armed Service Committee when constructing the final version of this bill, continuing to support many programs that the HASC prioritizes.

“There are many provisions worth celebrating in this bill, including full funding for the Virginia-class and Columbia-class submarine programs. This funding will directly benefit General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Quonset facility, supporting hundreds of jobs in Rhode Island. I’m also glad that nearly $33.8 billion was appropriated for various programs under the Defense Health Program, such as the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) to advance the treatment of spinal cord injuries affecting military service members.

“Providing for our common defense is not always an easy process, but it is an absolutely necessary one, and I remain committed to ensuring dollars allocated to the Department of Defense are spent wisely and efficiently. This legislation offers the resources that we need to improve our readiness today and prepare for the fight tomorrow.”