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Press Release - Carter Hails Passage Of Defense Authorization Bill

Location: Washington, DC

Supports Troops, Funds War on Terror Priorities, blocks TRICARE Increases

Washington, DC, Sep 29 - Representative John Carter (TX-31) today voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 conference report. The $532.8 billion bill sets the policies, programs, and funding levels for the nation's military.

"Our service men and women voluntarily make sacrifices every day to fight terrorism and defend our freedom. It is our duty as a nation and a Congress to give them the resources they need to successfully carry out their mission," Congressman Carter said. "This legislation includes valuable measures from force protection to a pay raise and programs for reservists and families. We were also successful in heading off proposals to increase TRICARE fees. I will continue to fully support the needs of our U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines."

The conference report for H.R. 5122 authorized $532.8 billion in budget authority for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. This includes $84.2 billion in procurement funding; $73.6 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation; $110.1 billion for military personnel; $155.3 billion for operations and maintenance; and $17.1 billion for military construction and family housing.


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