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Press Release - President Signs Defense Authorization

Location: Washington, DC

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

Washington, DC, Oct 17 - Representative John Carter (TX-31) today commended President Bush for signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. Today's action will allow for the implementation of the $532.8 billion act that sets the policies, programs, and funding levels for the nation's military. The House overwhelmingly passed this bill on September 29th.

"I applaud President Bush for signing this important piece of legislation that will give our troops the support they need as they fight terrorism and defend our freedom," Congressman Carter said. "This act provides a much deserved military pay raise, additional funding for force protection needs, and blocks TRICARE fee increases. I am proud to consistently support the needs of our U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines."

The Defense Authorization Act authorizes $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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