Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) voted in favor of H.R. 5854, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2013, and H.R. 5743, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.
"With Memorial Day having just passed, it was especially satisfying to know that two of my votes this week will increase funding for our veterans and provide support for the men and women of our intelligence community," said Rep. Renacci. "Those who have worn the uniform deserve the benefits they have rightfully earned while serving our country. At the same time, the unsung -- and often unheralded -- members of our intelligence forces work tirelessly to ensure Americans are protected from the people who seek to harm us on a daily basis. I am proud to have voted to provide them with the tools they need to carry out their vital missions and to increase funding for our veterans."
H.R. 5854 increases funding for the Veterans Benefits Administration by $10.5 billion which is 20 percent above Fiscal Year 2012. The bill also features a nearly $2 billion increase over FY 2012 for the Veterans Health Administration. The increase in spending is offset so it will not increase the deficit. H.R. 5743 would provide funding for our intelligence community, many of whom directly support our troops in war zones or are engaged in other dangerous operations that enhance national security and keep Americans safe.
Rep. Renacci is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the Financial Services Committee. Prior to his election he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the health care industry, and owned and operated over 60 other businesses in the automotive and sports management fields.