Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has voted to protect national security by supporting the National Defense Authorization Act to fund the military through the 2012 fiscal year. The legislation, approved by the House, brings the total authorized funding for National Defense to $554 billion for the base budget and $115.5 billion for overseas contingency operations.
"There is no higher priority than providing for the common defense," said Hartzler. "This legislation will ensure our men and women in uniform around the world have the equipment and the resources they need to successfully complete their missions and return home. It will also provide our troops and their families with the resources and support they need while investing in force structure needed to protect this country from current and future threats."
"Military personnel will see a 1.6 percent increase in their pay," continued Hartzler. "The bill also caps future health care fee increases to cost of living adjustments."
"The defense bill includes upgrades at both Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base," added Hartzler. "The legislation contains $49 million in military construction for a Vehicle Maintenance Facility at Fort Leonard Wood and almost $5 million in military construction for a Weapons Storage Area Security Control Facility at Whiteman Air Force Base. Additionally, the Air Force will receive funding for mixed conventional load upgrade and modernization efforts for the bomber inventory."
The bill includes $530 billion for the Department of Defense and $11.1 billion for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.
Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010. She serves proudly on the House Armed Services Committee.