Today, the House of Representatives passed 326 - 90 legislation to fund national defense programs, including a pay raise for America's military and critical health and quality of life programs for service members and their families.
"We have a duty to provide for our troops and their families," said Texas Congressmen Kevin Brady who believes ensuring that our brave men and women serving in our armed services have the tools they need to protect us is a top priority. "We have the best trained, most experienced military in American history and the House is committed to keeping these capabilities."
The measure provides $519.2 billion in non-war funding and $88.5 billion for frontline operations overseas, including a 1.7% pay raise for our troops and $35.1 billion for health and family programs with funding for traumatic brain injury research and suicide prevention outreach programs.
The bill moves to Senate for its approval. However Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said that he will not bring up any individual appropriation bills, including defense appropriations, for the Senate to consider.
Brady disagrees strongly with Reid's stonewalling of military funding. "A grateful nation must take seriously the sacrifices our troops make on our behalf," added Brady. "The Senate's inaction is a slap in the face of everyone who dons a uniform in service of our country."