The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation that extends the current post-sequester level of funding for federal government operations through the remainder of the fiscal year, ending September 30, 2013. The legislation also importantly appropriates funding for Veterans programs, critical military construction projects, and includes a provision to give the Department of Defense improved flexibility in redirecting funds from unnecessary programs of 2012 to its current operational needs in 2013.
The military construction component of H.R. 933 includes funding for three projects at Hill Air Force that will support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
"The Department of Defense has been the only place the President has been willing to make cuts. Tacking on cuts from sequestration will create instability throughout many essential defense operations demanding greater flexibility in the way the DOD utilizes existing funds. Giving our nation's top military leaders improved ability to direct funds where they are most needed will be important to maintaining essential programs. We have a constitutional obligation to provide for the national defense of our country and yet it's the one area hurt most by sequestration," said Bishop. "While changes are likely to occur throughout our national defense operations, we cannot ignore the fact that we must replace and update our aging weapons systems and infrastructure. I am pleased that preparations are underway for the impending arrival of the F-35 at Hill Air Force Base. The Joint Strike Fighter will be helpful in our efforts to ensure the long-term viability of the base."