Garrett Supports Increased Defense Funding
Bill includes provisions to protect, support troops in the field
Washington, Dec 18, 2005 - Early this morning, Congress issued final approval for H.R. 1815, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, with strong support from Congressman Scott Garrett (NJ-05). The legislation sets the policies, programs, and funding levels for the nation's military. The $441.5 billion bill was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 374-41.
"In 2001, our nation resolved to fight back against the terrorists - taking the battle off our streets and onto theirs," Garrett said. "Last night, the President called on the American people for patience and resolve in the face of this dangerous enemy. He also called on Congress to provide necessary resources for victory. Congress delivered on that request this morning."
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"The men and women of our armed forces continue to sacrifice every day to ensure America's success in the global war on terrorism, and this legislation provides them with the means to continue to win," Garrett said. "From force protection measures to a pay raise to benefits for reservists and their families, this legislation gives our troops what they need to remain well-trained, well-equipped and focused on the field."
The Senate is expected to approve the bill and send it to President Bush for signature into law later this week.