Congressman Francisco "Quico" Canseco (TX-23), a strong supporter of our nation's men and women in uniform, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the FY2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 5856):
"Last night, I proudly supported the passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2013 in the House of Representatives. This bill provides the funding needed to support our troops both abroad and at home. Besides the importance to our nation, ensuring our nation's military has the resources it needs is important because the 23rd District of Texas is home to numerous men and women who serve in our nation's armed forces at important military installations in San Antonio, El Paso, and Del Rio, " said Congressman Canseco.
Specifically, this bill provides $518 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Defense, an increase of $2 billion over the President's request for fiscal year 2013. Some of the provisions included within the bill are:
- $87.7 billion in funding to support operations and troops related to the Global War on Terror
- $20 million for suicide prevention outreach programs for military personnel
- A much deserved 1.7% pay raise for our men and women in uniform
- Reductions in excess of $4 billion from carryover funding and cuts in areas unrelated to troop safety
"Even though I am a fiscal conservative and fighting in Congress to reduce our nation's debt and get our fiscal house in order, we cannot balance the budget on the backs of our men and women in uniform. I firmly believe in providing our troops and military leaders with the funding they need to protect this great nation. However, we must also ensure that defense spending is respectful of taxpayers by working to eliminate the waste, fraud, and abuse found in government spending -- including defense. The FY2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Act strikes the appropriate balance by ensuring that our troops have the resources they need to do their job of protecting our nation and our freedoms, while also respecting taxpayers and ensuring that hard-earned taxpayer dollars are not wasted," concluded Congressman Canseco.