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Hartzler and House Approve Defense Appropriations Act to Preserve America's Military and Protect Our Nation

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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the U.S. House have approved the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 2397) to support our troops and fund critical security programs.

"This bill sustains readiness programs that help prepare our troops for any mission while supporting our troops on the battlefield and at home," said Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. "It keeps our men and women in uniform equipped with the best platforms, weapons, and other equipment they need to ensure they are ready to defend our country. Additionally, it includes funding for our long range strike capabilities such as the B-2 bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base."

"This legislation supports our military men and women by authorizing a 1.8 percent pay raise," continued Hartzler. "It also dedicates more than $33 billion for the health and well-being of our troops, their families, and retirees. This includes funding for traumatic brain injury and psychological health research as well as money for suicide prevention outreach programs."

"Our bill protects Americans by prohibiting the transfer of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo to the U.S. or its territories," added Hartzler. "And it prohibits funding for the modification of any facilities in the U.S. to house the suspected terrorists. I hope the Senate joins us in approving this common sense approach to our national defense."

In addition to serving on the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Budget and Agriculture Committees.


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