Congressman Jindal Applauds Passage of Bill to Fund Our Troops and Technology Development
Congressman Bobby Jindal (LA-01) today applauded the passage of the H.R. 2863, the "Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006," and the millions of dollars the bill will bring to Louisiana. The bill supplies funding to support our troops and makes sure that we have the most capable, advanced military in the world.
"This bill provides the funding necessary to make sure that our men and women in uniform have the support, equipment and technology they need to defend this country," Jindal said. "Our soldiers are putting their lives on the line for us; we have a responsibility to make sure we give them the full support of the American government."
The bill increases Department of Defense funding by more than $50 billion over last year's funding level. The money will be directed toward emergency funding for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, a 3.1 percent increase in military pay, and additional support for military family services.
In addition to funding our troops, the bill contains provisions to further technology research and development. The bill includes $55 million for DIMHRS (Defense Integrated Military Human Resources) located in the New Orleans area, making sure payment to troops are more timely and with less errors; $4 million for SPAWAR Systems Center (or ITC) in New Orleans, the primary support command for Navy and Naval Reserve manpower and personnel business applications; $6 million for the New Orleans Distance Learning IT Center, which enables students to receive instruction at any time and from any location and will leverage ongoing research and development efforts in the Department of Defense; 1.3 billion for the procurement of the LPD-17 Amphibious Assault ship constructed at Avondale; and $1 million for the Tulane/Xavier Biodefense Vaccine Development/Engineering project, which will help develop new vaccines against biological threat agents through the innovative use of nanotechnology.
"Louisiana has a proud history of supporting and encouraging our nation's military," Jindal continued. "With this funding, we will continue to be the home to many projects that will bolster America's military and help us remain the strongest defense force in the world."