CONGRESSMAN YOUNG VOTES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS
Washington, D.C. - Alaska Congressman Don Young voted in support of H.R. 4613, the Defense Appropriations Act of 2005. The bill passed the house by a vote of 403 to 17. This legislation contains $416.9 billion in new discretionary spending authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2005. This amount includes $25 billion requested by the President for early fiscal year 2005 costs associated with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The remaining $391.1 billion reflects an increase of $24.3 billion over amounts provided in the fiscal year 2004 Defense Appropriations Act.
"I am pleased that we were able to appropriate these funds to our nation's armed services. As our troops continue to fight the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, we must continue to assure them that this country stands behind their efforts. I am also pleased that we were able to keep the missile defense funding in place, this will benefit Alaska's military," said Congressman Young.