Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today voted to pass a defense spending package in support of America's armed forces and military families in Nevada and across the nation. The legislation passed the House on a vote of 395 to 34.
"We ask the men and women of our armed forces to lay their lives on the line each day in defense of our nation and we salute each and every one of these brave Americans," said Berkley. "This package ensures the troops will continue to have the equipment they need and includes a well-deserved pay raise and more resources to help military families with programs like child care, expanded counseling services and job training for spouses."
The Defense Appropriations Act keeps our commitments to America's troops and their families by including a 3.4% pay increase for military personnel. The legislation also continues additional payments of $500 to members of the armed forces for every month their service is involuntarily extended by the practice of stop loss.
This legislation also makes a commitment to fiscal responsibility by reigning in outsourcing and authorizing the Inspector General to hire additional investigators to ensure proper oversight of Department of Defense acquisition and contracting.