Congressman Hinojosa Votes To Support Troops, Military Families
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-Mercedes) voted to support our troops by providing them with the weapons and equipment they need and keeping the promises we made to them and their families. The Defense Appropriations Act makes critical investments in the health, well-being and readiness of our armed forces.
This bill is about keeping a promise to our troops and putting their needs first, said Congressman Hinojosa. We made a commitment to give them and their families the best possible care for their service to this country. With this bill, we are keeping that commitment and protecting them as they go into battle in defense of our nation.
The Defense Appropriations Act keeps our commitments to our troops and their families by including a 3.4% pay raise for our military, the best medical care and strong support for military family advocacy programs. It also continues efforts to end the practice of stop loss and pays our troops an additional $500 for every month their term of service is involuntarily extended by that practice.
To protect our troops on the battlefield and make sure that our soldiers are well-prepared for any challenge that comes their way, this legislation provides our military with first class equipment. It gives them the weapons they need to fight the wars of today and prepare for the battles of tomorrow. For the first time since the beginning of operations in Iraq, this bill also budgets for Overseas Deployment and other activities in Iraq and Afghanistan for the upcoming fiscal year.
It's absolutely crucial that our troops are prepared for battle with the best possible equipment, from body armor to vehicles, said Congressman Hinojosa. This bill makes key investments in troop readiness so that every American soldier has what he or she needs to protect themselves, their fellow soldiers and our country.
This legislation also makes a commitment to fiscal responsibility by reigning in outsourcing and putting Defense personnel, not contractors, in charge of critical department functions. At the same time, it will allow the Inspector General to hire additional investigators to ensure proper oversight of Department of Defense acquisition and contracting.
As with all of our appropriations legislation, we were able to pass this bill on time and under budget, said Hinojosa. We have been looking closely at every line of our budget to eliminate and cut programs that aren't working, and invest responsibly in key priorities that will protect our country and grow our economy.
The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.